President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with effect from September 14, 2018 the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services.
The appointee is a core Secret Service operative.
Bichi attended Danbatta Secondary School, Kano State College of Advanced Studies and 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 State, from where he joined the defunct Nigerian Security Organization, the precursor of the present DSS.
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.
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, Bichi has worked as the State Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia States.
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.
He also served as Director at State Service Academy.
Bichi is married and with children.