By Kamil Opeyemi
President Bola Tinubu has mourned the death of the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, Herbert Wigwe along with members of his family. NPOReports had earlier reported how Wigwe, his wife, son were part of the six crew members onboard the ill-fated aircraft. Wigwe and family were said to be en route to Boulder City, Nevada from from Palm Springs, California, on Friday night when the helicopter conveying them crashed at about 10 pm, near a small town in California’s Mojave Desert.
Also, former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, and two crew members also died in the helicopter crash. Ajuri Ngelale, the presidential spokesperson while quoting President Tinubu in a statement on Sunday described the helicopter crash as “an overwhelming tragedy”.
He said he received with shock and deep distress the news of the passing of Mr. Herbert Wigwe, top banker and entrepreneur, and Mr. Abimbola Ogunbanjo, a former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc. The statement read, “President Tinubu describes their passing 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. “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.”