Herbert Wigwe, the Group CEO of Access Holdings Plc and Access Bank CEO is believed to have died.
According to The Will, Wigwe, Access Bank CEO died in a helicopter crash in California near the Nevada border in the United States. There are also reports that his wife and son were on the ill-fated helicopter.
According to the New York Times, authorities had not found any survivors as of Saturday morning.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter crashed around 10 p.m. local time near Nipton, Calif., an unincorporated community 60 miles south of Las Vegas in eastern San Bernardino County.
On Saturday morning, it was unclear where the helicopter had departed and where it was headed.
Attempts to obtain comments on the development from Access Holdings proved futile as of the time of filing this report.
The Head of Media Relations at Access Holdings, Kunle Aderinokun, and some members of the media team did not take their calls or respond to messages.
However, Rivers State Government has confirmed the development.
Wigwe hailed from Rivers State.
When contacted by one of our correspondent, the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, confirmed the incident, describing it as shocking.
Johnson, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone on Saturday night, described the development as a big loss.
“His (Wigwe’s) death is confirmed. It is a big loss to everry sector. And not just himself, with his wife and son. It is very painful, ” the commissioner said.
Johnson said the state government would issue an official statement later.