How Wigwe’s aide, Olushola miraculously escaped death in ill-fated helicopter crash

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Faleye Olushola, Special Assistant to Herbert Wigwe, Co-founder and Group CEO of Access Holdings Plc, miraculously escaped death on Friday night in the ill-fated helicopter crash that killed his employer, wife and son.

THE DAILY HERALD had reported on Saturday that Wigwe, his wife Chizoba, and his son died in a helicopter crash in the United States on Friday night.

However, Olushola, whose name was on the manifest, evaded death since he did not join the ill-fated flight and chose to travel by road.

According to ThisDay, Olushola flew from London to Palm Springs, California, with Wigwe, his wife, son, and former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), Abimbola Ogunbanjo.

When Olushola arrived in Palm Springs, he declined to board the ill-fated flight to Boulder City, Nevada, saying that he would not fly by helicopter at night owing to the weather conditions.

He was reported to have chosen to travel to Boulder City by car, avoiding the flying accident that took the lives of four others.

Meanwhile, Access Bank Plc has stated that it lacks “specific information” regarding the death of Herbert Wigwe, Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, who died in a helicopter crash in California near the Nevada border in the United States of America.

It stated that it is working with US authorities to obtain additional information.

The bank in a statement on Sunday wrote, “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.”


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