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Buhari appoints Yusuf Bichi as new DSS DG

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known via a Tweeter post on Thursday evening.

“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),” Shehu tweeted.

“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.

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“He was at various times the Dir., Nat’l 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.”

Bichi takes over from the Acting DG, Mathew Seiyefa, who was appointed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in August this year following the sack of the former DG, Lawal Daura.

Daura was fired for ordering the DSS blockade of the National Assembly complex.

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