The death of Maikanti Baru, the former group managing director of the NNPC, has been reported.
Mr Baru reportedly died late Saturday night in a 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.”
Born in 1959 ,he 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 Baru was replaced with Mr Kyari in July 2019.
As at press time, it was not clear what caused his death.