Indigenes of Isiokpo in the Ikwerrre Local Government Area of Rivers State have declared a seven days mourning period for the former Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings PLC, Herbert Wigwe, his wife, and their son, who perished in a helicopter crash.
The nation has been thrown into mourning since February 9, 2024, when the news emerged that Wigwe and his family were involved in the tragic incident.
On Monday, His Royal Majesty, the Nye-Nwe-Eli of Isiokpo, Eze Blessing Ahiazunwo Wagor, declared that Wigwe’s hometown will embark on a week of mourning beginning this Wednesday.
The seven-day mourning period will entail the closure of all businesses on the first and last day while operating for half a day on the remaining days.
According to Channels Television, it was observed that as of Monday, residents were dressed in black clothes, reflecting the mood of the moment.
In the meantime, the authorities in the United States have indicated that witness testimonies indicate that there was rainfall at the time of the helicopter accident in California, close to the Nevada border, on Friday.
“Witness reports to the weather condition at the time of the accident suggest rain and a wintry mix,” said National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Michael Graham at a briefing on Sunday.
The unfortunate incident also claimed the life of a former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group, Abimbola Ogunbanjo.
Additionally, two other crew members tragically lost their lives in this incident.