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  • Updated: February 11, 2024

Obaseki, Orji Kalu mourn Herbert Wigwe's death in helicopter crash

Obaseki, Orji Kalu mourn Herbert Wigwe's death in helicopter

The death of the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Herbert Wigwe, alongside his wife and son in a helicopter crash in the United States of America has started eliciting reactions, as Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and Senator Orji Uzor Kalu have described it as a great loss to Nigeria.

Allnews.ng reports that Wigwe, his son and a former Chairman of NGX, Abimbola Ogunbanjo died when the helicopter conveying them to Las Vegas crashed between the border of California and Nevada.

Obaseki, who expressed shock at the incident, said: ”The news of the passing of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Bank Holdings, Herbert Wigwe, who died in a helicopter crash in the United States of America has left me extremely shocked and devastated.

"We also unfortunately lost Wigwe’s wife and son as well as the former group chairman of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, in the crash.

“The tragic incident is painful and heart-wrenching and we pray for God’s abiding comfort in this profoundly difficult time.

"Wigwe was a colossus in Nigeria’s financial sector, leading Access Bank to become an international brand that placed Nigeria on the global map of first-class financial services.

"I commiserate with the Wigwe family, the Ogunbanjo family, Access Bank Holding, the Nigeria Stock Exchange, friends and associates and pray that God will grant all the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.’’

On his part, Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, described the late banker as a thoroughbred professional with a proven track record in the financial sector.

He said: “The death of the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Mr Herbert Wigwe, alongside his wife and son is devastating.

“It is a huge loss to the nation as the deceased was a notable and patriotic Nigerian who played vital roles in the economic development of Nigeria through various platforms.

“He was a skilled financial expert with outstanding qualities. The late banker will be greatly missed."

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