Access Bank co-founder killed in US helicopter crash

Co-fundador do Access Bank morreu em acidente de helicóptero nos EUA

The co-founder of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, died on Friday after the helicopter in which he was traveling with his wife, son and a former chairman of the Nigerian stock exchange crashed in California, United States of America. All occupants died.

The 57-year-old banker was on his way to Las Vegas to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday.

According to local authorities, the flight took place in adverse conditions, with reports of rain and snow showers in the area.

Wigwe founded Access Bank in 1989. It became Nigeria's largest bank in 2018, after acquiring its main competitor, Diamond Bank.

In recent years, he has worked to expand the bank across the continent, acquiring banks in countries such as Kenya, South Africa and Botswana. He planned to open a new banking service in Asia in the first quarter of 2024.

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