President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, September 13, named Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS). The new boss is now to take over from Matthew Seiyeifa, who replaced sacked Lawal Daura.
Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesperson made the announcement in a statement.
Read Shehu’s full statement below:
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with effect from the 14th of September, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi, as new Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS, popularly called DSS).
The appointee is a core Secret Service operative.
He attended Danbatta Secondary School, the Kano State College of Advanced Studies and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.
The new Director-General began his career in the security division of the Cabinet Office in Kano, from where he joined the defunct Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO), the precursor of the present SSS.
Mr Bichi has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the UK, as well as strategic training at the National Defence College.
The new SSS boss comes to the job with skills in intelligence gathering, research analysis, conflict management, general investigation, risk and vulnerability operations, counter intelligence and protective operation and human resources management.
In the course of his career, Mr Bichi has worked as the state Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia states.
He was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison, (National War College), Director at National Headquarters in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection and Directorate of Administration and Finance.
He also served as director at State Service Academy.
Mr Bichi is married and with children.
It was earlier reported that a former member of National Assembly, Ighoyota Amori, on Friday, August 10, advised security agencies to learn from the recent constitutional breach at the National Assembly by the Department of State Service (DSS) and the eventual sacking of Daura, saying it was lesson for being overzealous.
Amori, said this in Abuja adding that rather than professionalism, the incident demonstrated partisanship and abuse of power by DSS.