Immediate-past Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru has died. This was disclosed by Mele Kyari, the current GMD of Corporation. In his words, "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."

Baru was born in July 1959 in Misau, Bauchi State. He attended Federal Government College, Jos, Plateau State before proceeding to the Ahmadu Bello university Zaria where he obtained his bachelor of engineering degree in 1982. He also holds a doctorate in computer Aided Engineering from the University of Sussex in the United kingdom.

He was appointed NNPC GMD by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2016, before he was replaced with Mele Kyari in 2019.