Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has mourned the death of 55-year-old billionaire and Access Holdings CEO/MD, Herbert Wigwe, who died on Friday in an helicopter crash.
Wigwe was with his wife and one of his children, when the accident occurred with three others on board including the former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, and two crew members.
President Tinubu described Wigwe’s death as “an overwhelming tragedy that is shocking beyond comprehension.”
“The President condoles with the Wigwe and Ogunbanjo families, the business community, and all those impacted by this harrowing incident,” a statement by the Special Adviser and Media Aide Ajuri Ngelale.
“President Tinubu prays for the peaceful repose of the departed and asks God Almighty to comfort the multitude of Nigerians who are grieving and the families of the deceased at this deeply agonizing moment.”
The 57-year-old Rivers statesman Herbert Wigwe was heading to the city of Las Vegas in a Eurocopter EC 130 chopper to watch Super Bowl, the annual league championship game of the National Football League (NFL) of the United States when the aircraft crashed near Nipton, California on Friday at 10 a.m. local time.
Other Nigerians including the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, also expressed sadness of the passing of the Chief Executive Officer.
“I’m deeply saddened by the tragic news of the passing of my dear friend, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Holdings, along with his wife and son, and another close friend, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, former group chairman of NGX Group. This loss is profoundly felt across the nation. I first met Herbert during his early days, on the brink of starting his marital journey.” Obi said.