Former NNPC boss, Maikanti Baru dies at 60

Dr Maikanti Baru, the immediate past Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) is dead.

Mr Baru was reported to have died at about 2 .00 am Saturday morning after a brief illness. He reportedly took ill in Abuja, FCT on Thursday and died in the early hours of Saturday. He was 60 years old.

His death was announced early Saturday morning by the current Managing Director 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.

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

It was not immediately clear what caused his death.

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