President Muhammadu Buhari and NSA Babagana Monguno. Photo: State House

Yusuf Magaji Bichi has been appointed as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Confirming Bichi’s appointment on Thursday evening, Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu said the appointee was a core Secret Service operative.

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He said Bichi, whose appointment takes immediate effect, had 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,” Shehu said in a statement.

“In the course of his career, Mr. Bichi has worked as the State Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia States.”

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.

Bichi, who is a northerner from Kano State, retired from the DSS last year after 35 years of service.

He 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.

Bichi 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.

The new DSS DG also served as Director at State Service Academy.