WIGWE CRASH: AIGBOJE AIG-IMOUKHUEDE, TUNDE FOLAWIYO IN SEPARATE CHOPPER – SOURCES

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WIGWE CRASH: AIGBOJE AIG-IMOUKHUEDE, TUNDE FOLAWIYO IN SEPARATE CHOPPER – SOURCES

Co-founder of Access Holdings and longtime business partner of Herbert Wigwe, Aigboge Aig-Imoukhuede and businessman, Tunde Folawiyo were in a separate helicopter travelling alongside Wigwe when his aircraft went down on Friday.

Sources close to the situation said the billionaire businessmen hired two helicopters to fly them, family members and friends from Palm Springs, California to Las Vegas, Nevada where they all planned to watch Super Bowl 58.

It was learnt that the ill-fated Flight N130CZ, operated by Orbic Air LLC, took off from Palm Springs at 8:45 pm but was last seen near Fort Irwin/Barstow, California, at 9:49 pm, Friday.

Officials from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department were notified of the downed aircraft at 10:12 p.m. local time, according to Mara Rodriguez, a public information officer with the department. She added that the crash site was located east of Interstate 15, near Halloran Springs Road.

The US authorities are investigating the accident.

TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HERBERT WIGWE

Here are ten things to know about the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, who died in a chopper crash in California, the United States of America on Friday along with his wife and two sons.

Here are 10 things to know about him:

1. Herbert Wigwe died at the age of 58. He was born on August 15, 1966.

2. He had a degree in Accountancy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu.

3. He also had an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor), and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London.

4. Wigwe started his career at Coopers & Lybrand, Lagos as a management consultant, later qualifying as a chartered accountant.

5 . After a stint at Capital Bank, he joined Guaranty Trust Bank where he spent over a decade working in corporate and institutional banking, rising to become the executive director in charge of institutional banking.

6. Wigwe also served as the Chairman of Access Bank Ghana Limited, Access Investment & Securities Limited, Central Securities and Clearing System (CSCS) and the current Chairman of Access Bank (UK) Limited until his demise.

7. In 2016, in recognition of “his exemplary role in the society and contributions to youth development”, the Boys’ Brigade (BB), inaugurated Herbert Wigwe, as State Patron for Lagos State Council in 2016.

8. Wigwe was named 2016 Banker of The Year separately by The Sun and Vanguard newspapers.

9. In 2016, Wigwe founded The HOW Foundation, a non-profit organization.10. In October 2022, a Nigerian national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) was conferred on him by President Muhammadu Buhari.

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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