Access Holdings Plc has stated that it currently lacks detailed information regarding a helicopter crash in the United States reportedly involving its Chief Executive Officer, Herbert Wigwe.
However, the company mentioned that it is cooperating with US authorities, who are expected to furnish updates on the situation.
This stance was communicated through a post labeled “Important announcement” on its official Instagram account, @myaccessbank.
On Saturday, reports emerged suggesting that Herbert Wigwe was feared dead following a helicopter crash on Friday night near the California-Nevada border in the US.
It was also reported that his wife and son were among the passengers aboard the ill-fated helicopter.
Although there has been no official confirmation from Wigwe’s family or the firm, several prominent Nigerians, including Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, among others, have publicly expressed their condolences.
However, in response to the incident, Access Bank did not mention Wigwe’s name in the message posted on its social media handle.
The statement read, “We have received numerous inquiries concerning an airplane crash in the USA.
“Presently, we lack specific information; however, we are actively collaborating with US authorities who will furnish updates.
“Your understanding and support are valued, and we commit to keeping you informed promptly as we receive updates on the situation.”
Earlier, the US Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the crash but did not disclose the identities of the six individuals reportedly on board.
The message on its website read, “A Eurocopter EC 130 helicopter crashed near Nipton, California, around 10 pm local time on Friday, February 9. Six people were on board.”
Efforts to obtain comments from Access Holdings regarding the incident were unsuccessful earlier on Saturday. Kunle Aderinokun, Head of Media Relations at Access Holdings, along with several members of the media team, did not answer calls or respond to messages.