The immediate former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru has died.

In a tweet from his official handle, the current GMD of the NNPC, Mele Kyari said Baru passed on last nght.

Baru was born in July 1959 in Misau, Bauchi State. He attended Federal Government College, Jos for his secondary education where he graduated in 1978. He obtained his bachelor of engineering degree from Ahmadu Bello University in 1982. Baru has a doctorate in Computer Aided Engineering from the University of Sussex.

Baru worked with the Jos Steel Rolling Company for three years from 1988 before he left to join the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in 1991 as an Engineering Manager. He held various positions within the organization including General Manager, Gas Development Division from 1997 to 1999 and briefly as Executive Director, Operations Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) in 1999. From 1999 to 2004, he served as the Chief Technical Negotiator on the West African Gas Pipeline project. He was also a GGM, National Petroleum Investment Management Services. He once served as GGM, Liquefied Natural Gas.

He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

Baru was appointed as the 18th Group Managing Director of NNPC, on 4 July 2016.

On reaching the statutory age of 60, he retired on 7 July 2019 and was succeeded by Mele Kyari.