President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc) as new director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS). A statement issued by the senior special assistant on media to the president, Garba Shehu, said the appointment took effect from today, September 14, adding that the appointee is a core Secret Service operative.
According to the statement, 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.
It explained that 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. It added that 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,” it said.