Buhari to new DG DSS: Have we ever met before?

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, September 20, met with the newly appointed director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi, for the first time at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that, when Bichi was ushered into the president’s office by protocol officials, he was asked by Buhari if they had met before.

The new DG, however, ‘confessed’ that he was seeing President Buhari face-to-face for the first time in his life.

The report said that the meeting of the president and the DSS boss, who was appointed on September 13, went into a closed door session.

Bichi, who replaced Lawal Daura, the former DG of the DSS, 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 (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS.

The report said 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.

It noted that in the course of his career, Bichi has worked as the state director of security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia.

He was at various times the director, National Assembly Liaison, National War College, director at national headquarters in the directorate of security enforcement among others.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, September 13, named Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS). The new boss is now to take over from Matthew Seiyeifa, who replaced sacked Lawal Daura.

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