The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Saturday morning, expressed shock over the death of its erstwhile Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr Maikanti Baru.
In a statement released by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru, the NNPC described the late Baru as exemplary.
“The NNPC regrets to announce the demise of its former Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Kachalla Baru, Friday night.
” Dr. Baru, a consummate mechanical engineer, died after a brief illness, NNPC Group General Manager” Obateru stated in the release.
The statement said the NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari expressed shock over the sudden death of Baru who was the 18th Group Managing Director of the corporation.
Mallam Kyari described him as a man ‘of exemplary character and disposition.’
Baru, 60, who was at the helm of the corporation from July 4th 2016 to July 7th 2019 died after a brief illness in an Abuja hospital, the statement said.
The statement was however silent about the nature of his ailment or cause of death, though most death at this period of global pandemic are suspected to be COVID-19 related until proven otherwise.