President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as new Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS).
Bichi replaces David Seyeifa, who has been in acting capacity, following the removal of the former DSS DG, Lawal Daura.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, said that Bichi’s appointment takes effect from today.
He added that the appointee is a core Secret Service operative.
According to the Presidency, the new DG 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.
He 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.
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, 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 and is married with children.