Access Holdings Plc CEO, wife, and son laid to rest in private interment after week-long funeral rites

The late Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, along with his wife, Chizoba and son, Chizi, were honored in a private interment following a funeral church service. The burial marked the conclusion of a week-long series of funeral rites dedicated to celebrating the lives of the esteemed banking expert, his wife, and their son.

The funeral service for the revered banker and philanthropist commenced punctually at 11am on March 9, 2024. Mourners, comprising friends, colleagues, and well-wishers from both local and international communities, gathered to bid their final farewells and pay tribute to the departed souls.

Present at the service are; Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, business leader Aliko Dangote, HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II, Gov. Alex Otti, Gov. Dapo Abiodun, former Senate President Bukola Saraki, Gov. Babajide Sawno-Olu, former Anambra State Gov. Peter Obi and other notable captains of industry.
The late Herbert, Chizi and Chizoba Wigwe ….all died in the helicopter crash 

Other top dignitaries in attendance are Rivers State Governor Sim Fubara and State Commissioner of Police Olatunji Disu, who is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the burial ceremony.

Also at the funeral are Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State and Dr. Godknows Igali, a former Nigerian diplomat, among many others.

The trio of Herbert, Chizoba and Chizi Wigwe alongside former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), Abimbola Ogunbanjo, as well as two pilots were all in the Airbus Helicopter EC 130B4 with registration number N130CZ, which crashed near Halloran Springs, California, on February 9, 2024.

The exact cause of the crash is not yet known, but a preliminary report released by US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) two weeks ago, said the chopper was seen by several witnesses in vehicles who reported it as a “fireball” before its eventual crash.

According to the NTSB, the witnesses reported that the weather on the fateful day of the helicopter crash was a mix of rain and snow.

During the events leading to Wigwe’s burial, several friends, captains of industry, family members and associates paid tributes to the late banking guru.
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