Ex-NNPC GMD Maikanti Baru is dead

Maikanti Baru, the former group managing director of the NNPC, has died.

Mr Baru died late Saturday night in yet undisclosed location and of undisclosed ailments. He was 60.

His death was announced early Sunday morning by the current head of the state-owned energy conglomerate, Mele Kyari.

“My brother, my friend and my mentor, Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, immediate past GMD of NNPC died late last night,” Mr Kyari wrote on Twitter. “He was of exemplary character and disposition. May Allah forgive him and have mercy upon him.”

Mr Baru was born in 1959 and led a career in engineering, rising through the ranks at the NNPC before he was eventually appointed to lead the organisation by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.

Mr Buhari replaced Mr Baru with Mr Kyari in July 2019.

It was not immediately clear what caused his death or for how long he had been ill. Whether he passed on in Nigeria or overseas has also yet to be clarified as of press time.

Details later…