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Top Nigerian banker dies in California helicopter crash

A helicopter carrying six people, including the co-founder of Nigeria’s largest bank by assets, crashed in a desert area of ​​Southern California near the Mojave National Reserve, authorities said.

Herbert Wigwe, co-founder of Access Bank, was among the victims, relatives from his home village of Isiokpo said.

Abimbola Ogunbanjo, who was Chairman of the National Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange from 2017 to 2021 and Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc from 2021 to 2022, was confirmed dead by a family member in Lagos.

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The Federal Aviation Administration said a Eurocopter EC helicopter crashed around 10 p.m. Friday with six people on board.

“The crash scene was determined to be east of Highway 15 near Halloran Springs Road,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Department said in an emailed statement Saturday. “No survivors have been located.”

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