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JUST IN: OPEC secretary, Barkindo dies hours after meeting President Buhari

The Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo is dead.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the OPEC secretary general died at about 11pm on Tuesday at the age of 63.

This is coming barely hours after President Muhammadu Buhari received Barkindo at the State House Tuesday night where he described him as a worthy ambassador of Nigeria.

The departure was announced in the early of Wednesday by NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari, who described his departure as a great loss to his immediate family, NNPC Nigeria, OPEC and global energy community.

In a statement on his verified twitter handle, @MKKyari, at 4.32am Wednesday, the NNPC GMD wrote: ”We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday 5th July 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,”

As at the time of filing this report, the cause of death is unknown.

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