Wigwe, Access Bank CEO, family perish in California chopper crash

The banking industry got a rude shock this evening when news filtered in on the demise of Herbert Wigwe, the Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Nigeria’s banking giant.

Wigwe died when a chopper transporting him, his wife, two children and two others crashed in California, United States of America.

Early reports indicate that the chopper was headed to Las Vegas when it crashed near a border city between Nevada and California on Friday night.

Wigwe left Lagos State, Nigeria, on Wednesday to watch the Super Bowl 58, an American football competition.

The LVIII will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

“Wigwe’s wife and two kids also died in the crash. He left Lagos on Wednesday to watch the U.S. Super Bowl.

“One Bimbo Ogunbanjo was also on the flight. Bimbo is the son of late business man, Chris Ogunbanjo,” sources said.


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Herbert Wigwe and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were absent at the Access Bank Lagos Marathon on Saturday.

The governor was represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.

US officials had said the helicopter crashed near Nipton on the edge of the Mojave Desert late Friday evening.

Lagos State Marathon

The Lagos Marathon, sponsored by Access Bank, stands as an annual highlight in Nigeria’s sporting calendar. Drawing thousands of participants globally, it has earned a reputation as one of Africa’s premier marathons.

It offers full, half, and 10-kilometer races, its scenic course winds through Lagos’s streets, highlighting the city’s landmarks and dynamic atmosphere. Embraced by elite athletes and recreational runners alike, the event promotes fitness and well-being in the region, cementing its status as a celebrated occasion for health enthusiasts.


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