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Expressions of Grief Over the Death of Access Bank Boss, Herbert Wigwe: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Saraki Mourn

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, WTO, expressed her sorrow over the passing of Herbert Wigwe, the Group CEO of Access Holdings.

In reaction to the tragic helicopter crash that claimed Wigwe’s life, Okonjo-Iweala described the news as terribly sad.

In a post on X, she conveyed her condolences, saying: “I am terribly saddened by the news of the terrible loss of Herbert Wigwe, Group CEO of Access Bank @HerbertOWigwe, his wife and son, as well as Bimbo Ogunbanjo in a helicopter crash. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Wigwe family, the Ogunbanjo family, Access Bank Group employees and Management @myaccessbank and my younger Brother Herbert’s partner Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede. May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.”

Similarly, Bukola Saraki, the former Senate President, expressed being “deeply shaken” by Wigwe’s passing.

Saraki mentioned that Wigwe’s death is a significant loss to the Nigerian business community.

In his condolence post on X, Saraki wrote: “I’m deeply shaken by the news of the helicopter crash in California that claimed the lives of my friend and brother, Herbert Wigwe, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, his dear wife, son, and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, alongside two others. As we mourn his loss, we must view the passing of Herbert and these prominent individuals not just as a personal tragedy for their families but also as a significant loss for the business community and the nation at large.”

He acknowledged that the deceased played a pivotal role in transforming a once small commercial bank into one of the top five banks in the nation.

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