By Ike A. Offor
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with effect from 14th September, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi, as the new Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS)
According to the pres release from Presidency, the appointee is a core Secret Service operative.
They also released his academic background and all courses he attended.
According to the statement, 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.
This appointment is against the backdrop of suspicions that Buhari will not accept the acting DSS DG, Mr Matthew Seyeifa, due to the fact that he is from the South-South. Those who had this suspicion will now have more reason to believe that Buhari does not want anyone from the Southern Nigeria to head any position as sensitive as DSS or other important security post.
In th course of his career, Mr Bichi has worked as the State Director of Security in Jgawa, Niger, Sokoto, and Abia States.
He 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 chief 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.
Mr 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 Intelligence, Directorate of Inspection and Directorate of Administration and Finance.
He also served as the Director of States Service Academy.
He is married with two children.