Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr. Yusuf Bashir Bichi as the new Director General, Department of States Service(DSS).
A Fellow of War College (fwc), Bichi’s appointment takes effect from the 14th of September, 2018.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday.
The appointee, according to the statement, is a core Secret Service operative and by his new appointment will replace Mallam Lawan Daura, who was sacked by Professor Yemi Osinbajo, while he held sway as Acting President when DSS laid siege on the National Assembly for reason still being unraveled by a presidential probe panel.
Yusuf Bichi 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.