The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of a new Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi.
This was announced on Thursday in a statement issued by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.
He said the appointment is with immediate effect, which effectively brought the short reign of the Acting DSS boss, Mr. Mathew Seiyefa inline with the breaking story by Global Sentinel two weeks ago that pressure was on to replace him with a ‘core northerner’.
This also means that the former Director of the secret police, Mr. Daura Lawal, who was sacked by the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo over the invasion of National Assembly by hooded DSS personnel would not be returned to his post.
Shehu has however, stressed that 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 Organization (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS.
He said Bichi had 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 DSS 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 added.
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.
Bichi also served as Director at State Service Academy.