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President Buhari removes Matthew Seiyefa, appoints Yusuf Magaji Bichi as new DSS boss

Yusuf Magaji Bichi the new Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS).

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Mr. Bichi would immediately replace Matthew Seiyefa who was appointed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on August 7, when he was Acting President.

Seiyefa took over from Lawal Daura, the former DG of the DSS, who was sacked by Osinbajo following a siege at the National Assembly in August by the operatives of the secret agency.

The new appointment was announced on Thursday by Mr. Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

“President Buhari has approved with effect from the 14th of September, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc), as new Director-General of the Department of State Service.

“The appointee is a core secret service operative.

“He 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 Organisation, the precursor of the present DSS.

“Mr  Bichi has undergone training in intelligence processing analysis, agent handling recruitment and intelligence processing in the United Kingdom, 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.

Mr. Matthew Benabafa Seiyefa, new Acting DG of DSS

Mr. Matthew Benabafa Seiyefa, new Acting DG of DSS

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