It is no longer news that President Muhammadu Buhari has ended the reign of Matthew Seiyefa as DSS boss after he was appointed by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

The new man is Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc) and he takes over with effect from the 14th of September, as new Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS).

Asides being married with children, here are a few things you may wish to know about the man who will now oversee Nigeria’s secret service agency.


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.

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.

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According to the Garba Shehu statement announcing his appointment, 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.


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.

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.

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