- The NNPC is mourning the death of Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha, a former GMD of the corporation
- Dawha sadly passed away after a brief illness
- Mele Kyari, the current GMD, announced Dawha's death
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Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha, the former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has died after a brief illness.
Dawha's death was announced via a tweet, on Monday, August 3, by Mele Kyari, the current GMD of the state-run oil company. He was the 16th GMD of the corporation.
He tweeted: "The NNPC family regrets to announce the passing away of Dr Joseph Thlama Dawha, GMD NNPC 2014- 2015 after a brief illness.
We remember his astute leadership and immense contributions to the progress of the Corporation. It’s a great loss to us, the nation and the family."
Former president Goodluck Jonathan was the one who appointed Dawha back in 2014, as NNPC GMD to replace Andrew Yakubu, a position he held up until 2015.
The former GMD who hailed from Borno joined the oil company in 1988, where he served as the group executive director, exploration and production before his appointment as GMD.
His tragic passing is coming barely three months after the death of Dr. Maikanti Baru, the immediate past NNPC GMD who died two months away from his 61st birthday.
Baru's death was announced via a tweet on Saturday, May 30, by Kyari. Baru was appointed NNPC GMD by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2016.
Baru announced his retirement from NNPC in July 2019 when he clocked the age of 60.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the former GMD of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, has explained the alleged source of the over N3.8 billion found in his home.
Yakubu said 98% of the $9,772,800 and £74,000 cash recovered from a safe in his house in Kaduna state are gifts from well-wishers.
He also claimed that the remaining 2% is from the savings he made from the estacode he received while in office.
The ex-GMD of NNPC confirmed that the money in a safe which is referred to in counts three and four of the charge against him was recovered from his home.
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