BREAKING: Ex-NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru, is dead

The immediate-past managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru, is dead. He was 60.

The current GMD of the corporation, Mele Kyari, confirmed the death on his verified Twitter handle, saying he died last night.

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


Born July 1959.

He is from Jama’are in Bauchi State, in the North-East geopolitical zone, but grew up in Jos, Plateau State.

He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and is well respected within the profession.

He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with a first class honours. He also holds a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering.

Until his appointment, he was Special Adviser (Upstream) to the Minister of State for Petroleum.

Before he was appointed adviser, he was NNPC’s Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production.

He served as director of the NNPC-owned Carlson Services (UK) Limited between December 7, 2004 and January 25, 2007.

He once served as GGM, Liquefied Natural Gas.

He was also a GGM, National Petroleum Investment Management Services

He was NNPC’s chief technical negotiator on the West African Gas Pipeline project from July 1999 to April 2004.

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