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Buhari Names Bichi New DSS DG, Replaces Jonathan’s Kinsman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has named Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), replacing acting DG, Matthew Seiyefa.

The new appointment was confirmed in a Thursday evening statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

Seiyefa had been appointed in acting capacity following the sacking of Lawal Musa Daura by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on August 7.

Seiyefa hails from Bayelsa, the same state as immediate-past President Goodluck Jonathan.

Shehu’s statement read, “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).

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“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.”

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