President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday night, appointed a new director general for the Department of State Services (DSS). He is Yusuf Magaji Bichi, who was the chief agent at the National Assembly in recent past.
The sack of the former DSS boss, Lawal Daura, was due to a misadventure at the National Assembly. Many now wonder if that informed the choice of Bichi, though many critics have lampooned the president for bending towards tribe.
Bicj replaced Matthew Seiyefa who was appointed on acting capacity by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, after the sack of Lawal Daura.
In a series of tweets on Thursday night, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, announced Bichi’s appointment, which he says takes effect from Friday, September 14.
The tweets read: “President @MBuhari 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 Dirctor National Assembly Liaison, (Nat’l War College), Dir. at National Headquarters in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection & Directorate of Administration and Finance.
“He also served as Director at State Service Academy. Mr Bichi is married and with children.”