President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Yusuf Bichi as the new director-general of the Department of State Service (DSS).
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, disclosed this in a statement issued on Thursday.
Shehu described Bichi as a “core secret service operative”.
“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,” the statement read.
“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 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 Nigerian Security Organization (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS.
“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 statement read.
He is married and with children.
While Buhari was on vacation in London in August, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo fired Lawal Daura, former director-general of the agency, and appointed Matthew Seyeifa in acting capacity.
This followed the invasion of the national assembly by armed DSS operatives.