By Chesa Chesa
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS).
Bichi replaces Lawal Daura who was relieved of his appointment last month and Matthew Seiyefa, who held the office in acting capacity since then.
A presidency statement on Thursday night said that the new appointment takes effect from today.
The statement, issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, described Bichi as “a core secret service operative”, who had served as Director at the State Service Academy.
According to him, Bichi 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 DSS.
“Mr. Bichi has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the United Kingdom (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.
“Mr Bichi is married and with children,” Shehu added.