Aviation Minister, Festus Keyamo Mourns Wigwe, Says they have big Plan for Aviation Industry


By Innocent Orok

The Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo SAN said the tragic death of the co- founder of Access Bank and CEO of Access Bank Holdings, Herbert Wigwe is shocking and devastating to him .

Wigwe who is also the founder of Wigwe University alongside his wife, son and others were killed in a
chopper transporting them in California, the United States of America.

Sources said the chopper was headed to Las Vegas when it crashed near a border city between Nevada and California on Friday night. The US government confirmed all onboard dead. Six passengers were onboard, however, no survivors found so far.

Wigwe, his wife and son were in the helicopter when it crashed in California near the Nevada border, as well as Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc.

Reacting to the tragic incident in his X handle, Festus Keyamo said:

“The reported tragic loss of my friend, brother and not-far-away neighbour in Lagos, Herbert Wigwe, the co-founder of Access Bank, the CEO of Access Holdings and the founder of Wigwe University, is very devastating. He was in my office earlier this week (where we took the pictures below) and actually left my office to fly out of the country and never came back. I am also shocked to learn his wife, son and other friends were involved in this tragedy.

“We were on the verge of announcing something big for the aviation sector, the reason he actually came to the office with his entire team, both from Access and Wigwe University. This is surreal and I am lost for words.

“May Almighty God comfort his aged parents and sibling (who were also my neighbours in Lagos for many years as a very young lawyer in Anthony Village), his immediate family members, his staff, friends across Nigeria and dependents.”

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