President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS) with effect from tomorrow,September 14.
Yusuf Magaji Bhichi, described as a core Secret Service operative, succeeded the immediate past DSS boss, Lawal Daura, who was sacked by the then acting President Yemi Osinbajo when President Buhari was away on vacation in London following the invasion of the National Assembly by his men.
A statement today, Thursday by the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said that 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 said that Yusuf Magaji 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.
Garba Shehu said that the new secret police helmsman 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 was said to be coming 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 said that in the course of his career, Yusuf Magaji 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.”