UPDATE: Access Holdings CEO, Herbert Wigwe’s Wife, Two Kids Also Dead In US Helicopter Crash While Travelling To Watch Super Bowl
The chopper transporting Herbert Wigwe, the Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings, which crashed in California, United States of America, also killed his wife and two children on board with him, SaharaReporters has learnt.
SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the chopper was headed to Las Vegas when it crashed near a border city between Nevada and California on Friday night.
SaharaReporters was told that Wigwe left Lagos State, Nigeria, on Wednesday to watch the Super Bowl 58, an American football competition.
The LVIII will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
“Wigwe’s wife and two kids also died in the crash. He left Lagos on Wednesday on Wednesday to watch the U.S. Super Bowl.
“One Bimbo Ogunbanjo was also on the flight. Bimbo Ogunbanjo is the son of business man, Chris Ogunbanjo,” a top source revealed to SaharaReporters on Saturday.
Herbert Wigwe and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were absent at the Access Bank Lagos Marathon on Saturday.
The governor was represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat.
US officials had said the helicopter crashed near Nipton on the edge of the Mojave Desert late on Friday evening.
FCT police arrest pastor, others for child-trafficking
Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command attached to the Rapid Response Squad 74, have arrested a pastor, Simon Kado; his relative, Jesse Simon-Kado, and their driver, Muhammad Isah, for child trafficking.
They were busted on Friday while trafficking 12 underaged children – eight girls and four boys aged between five to 16 years, from Nasarawa State to Ogun State.
The FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, made the development known in a statement on Saturday.
Adeh said, “Operatives of the FCT Police Command attached to the Rapid Response Squad 74, on Friday, February 9, at about 12:55 am, intercepted one Muhammad Isah, male, of Kafanchan, Kaduna State in a Toyota Hiace bus with Reg No APP 489 XE, conveying twelve; four male and eight female; underaged children to a destination later discovered to be in Ogun state.
Tinubu Warns Nigerian Armed Forces: Avoid Acts That Can Destroy Democracy We Enjoyed In Last 20 Years
President Bola Tinubu has directed the Nigerian Armed Forces to shun any acts that are inimical to the wellbeing of the country and which “can destroy the gains of democracy which we have enjoyed in the last 20 years.”
He also warned against practices that undermine national interest, assuring servicemen and women of his administration’s commitment to their wellbeing.
“Let me reiterate the urgency to upscale the fight against insecurity, which has robbed us of peace and progress,” Tinubu said at an event marking the Diamond Jubilee of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Afaka, Kaduna State, on Saturday.
His comments followed heightened cases of terrorist attacks and kidnapping-for-ransom in various parts of the country, especially the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, which has been a hotbed of kidnapping lately.
Nonetheless, Tinubu asserted that the “relative peace” the military has secured across the major flash points is “worth celebrating,” urging them to “remember that the war is not yet over until every parcel of land held by the enemy is flying the flag of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Nigerian Navy Uncovers 15 Illegal Sites In Rivers State Refining 2.7million Litres Daily
The Nigeria Navy has uncovered 15 massive illegal refining camps, each equipped with six cooking pots and metal storage tanks with capacity to hold about 30,000 litres of crude oil, culminating in about 2.7 million litres of crude oil illegally refined per day at Ke community in Degema, Rivers State.
Commodore Desmond Igbo, the Commander, Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder, Port Harcourt led journalists to the illegal mining sites on Friday.
He also said troops uncovered the illegal refineries as part of the ongoing Operation Delta Sanity to combat oil theft.
“The uncovering of the illegal refining camps was made in line with the renewed mandate to combat and eliminate crude oil theft from the country.
“Upon receiving the CNS mandate, troops were deployed, and they uncovered 15 illegal refining camps, each equipped with six cooking pots and metal storage tanks.
“Each storage tank can hold about 30,000 litres of crude oil, culminating in about 2.7 million litres of crude oil illegally refined in the 15 sites.
“It’s unfortunate that unpatriotic Nigerians are stealing from the country, but we are here to stop these illegal activities from continuing,” he said.
Igbo emphasised that the discovery of the illegal bunkering sites was a significant breakthrough in the Federal Government’s efforts to rid the country of oil thieves and economic saboteurs.
“The oil thieves steal the crude oil from wellheads and then proceed to refine it into adulterated petroleum products for sale to unsuspecting members of the public.