According to Access Holdings Plc, a helicopter accident in the United States claimed the lives of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, the company’s chief executive officer, as well as his wife and son.

Sunday Ekwochi, the Group Company Secretary, signed a statement on Sunday making the announcement.”The Board of Directors of Access Holdings Plc (‘the Company’) announces with great sadness the passing of Dr. Herbert Wigwe, CFR, the founding Group Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the former Group Managing Director of its flagship subsidiary, Access Bank Plc (‘the Bank’).”

“Dr. Wigwe perished in a helicopter accident in the United States of America on Friday, February 9, 2024, along with his wife and son.The passing of Herbert, Doreen, and Chizi is mourned by the whole Access family.

We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.”Dr. Wigwe, who joined the Bank in 2002, was a major force behind the transformation of the Access franchise.

His extraordinary passion, energy, and experience were invaluable. He possessed a larger-than-life personality.”Mr. Abubakar Jimoh, Chairman of Access Holdings, commented on Dr. Wigwe’s passing, saying, “The Access Family has suffered a major loss with the passing of Dr. Wigwe, who was a great friend and fine gentleman.”

We are indebted to him for the immense business acumen, remarkable character traits, and extraordinary intelligence that he contributed to the Access Family.

“Although we are confident that the Access Group will carry on Dr. Wigwe’s legacy of growth and operational excellence, the Board will soon announce the appointment of an Acting Group Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the Company’s policy.

“The Bank posted on their X account, saying, “We are saying goodbye to @HerbertOWigwe, a visionary leader whose passion and unwavering commitment to excellence turned Access into a global powerhouse today.We will all continue to be inspired by his outstanding work and kindness.

“Rest in peace, Herbert Wigwe. Your impact will forever be felt.”Dr. Wigwe was reported to have been involved in a helicopter crash, but Access Holdings Plc did not provide any further information at the time.

Regarding updates on the incident, which happened close to the California-Nevada border, the company said it was working with US authorities.

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