Herbert Wigwe, nan CEO of a awesome Nigerian bank, was 1 of nan six group killed successful a Friday nighttime chopper clang successful California's Mojave Desert, authorities say.
The decease of Wigwe, who led Access Bank Group, was confirmed by Nigerian officials connected societal media, including World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Abimbola Ogunbanjo, a erstwhile Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group, was besides killed successful nan crash. Nigerian leader Godwin Obaseki reported that Wigwe's woman and boy were among nan decedents arsenic well.
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The clang happened astatine astir 10 p.m. section clip Friday adjacent Nipton, California, which is not acold from nan California-Nevada border.
The chopper near Palm Springs Airport astatine astir 8:45 p.m. and was connected its measurement to Boulder City, Nevada, which is adjacent Las Vegas. At nan clip of nan crash, rainy and snowy upwind was reported successful nan area.
Multiple American agencies are investigating nan crash, including San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, nan NTSB and nan FAA.
"The FAA and nan National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate," nan FAA said to Fox News Digital. "The NTSB will beryllium successful complaint of nan investigation and will supply immoderate updates."
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In a statement, Obaseki, who is Governor of nan Edo State, said that he is "extremely shocked and devastated" complete Wigwe's decease connected X Saturday.
"The tragic incident is achy and heart-wrenching, and we believe for God's abiding comfortableness successful this profoundly difficult time," Obaseki wrote.
"Wigwe was a colossus successful Nigeria's financial sector, starring Access Bank to go an world marque that placed Nigeria connected nan world representation of first-class financial services," he added. "I commiserate pinch nan Wigwe family, nan Ogunbanjo family, Access Bank Holding, nan Nigeria Stock Exchange, friends and associates, and believe that God will assistance each nan fortitude to carnivore nan irreparable loss."
Fox News Digital reached retired to nan San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and Access Bank Group, but has not heard back.