Buhari appoints Yusuf Bichi as DSS DG, Nigerians react

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Nigerians are reacting after the Presidency announced on Thursday that President Muhammadu Buhari has named Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services.

Yusuf Bichi is from the North-West, the same region as Buhari

His appointment was disclosed in a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Bichi replaces Matthew Seiyefa, who was appointed by then Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, as Acting Director-General of DSS following the sacking of Lawal Daura by Osinbajo on August 7.

Daura was sacked following the invasion of the National Assembly by the DSS operatives on August 7.

Garba described the new DG of DSS as a core operative of the secret service.

The statement read, “President 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.

“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 the DSS in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia States.

He was at various times the Director, National Assembly Liaison (National War College), Director at National HQ in the Directorate of Security Enforcement, Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection & Directorate of Administration & Finance.

He also served as Director at the State Services Academy. Mr Bichi is married with children.”

Meanwhile, the president has been criticized for his choice of Director-general. Yusuf Bichi is from the North-West, the same region as Buhari.

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