By Ndubuisi Michaels
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as director-general of Department of State Service (DSS). His appointment takes effect from Friday, September 14, Buhari’s media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, said in a statement.
With the appointment, acting DG of the Service, Matthew Seyeifa, has been removed after barely five weeks on the job.
In the statement, Shehu, who is Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), said: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with effect from the 14th of September, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc), as new Director-General of the Department of State Service (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 Organization (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS.
“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 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 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.”