The Department of State Services, DSS, has finally appointed a spokesperson, in an attempt to inject light and transparency into the agency after the dark era of sacked former director-general, Lawal Daura.
In a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the agency in Abuja on Thursday, it announced the appointment of Mr. Nnochirionye Afunanya as its spokesperson.
This comes three years after the DSS under Mr. Daura operated without any known spokesperson.
Mr. Tony Opuiyo, whose name had always appeared in statements from the agency under Daura, is believed to be a pseudonym.
Recall that acting Director General of the agency, Mr. Matthew Seiyefa, had, at his maiden press briefing at the national headquarters of the organisation in Abuja on Thursday, promised that he would appoint a spokesperson for the agency.
Afunanya, according to the statement announcing his appointment, obtained MA in English (2009), from the University of Uyo and another MA in Peace and Strategic Studies (2011), from the University of Ilorin. He is said to be currently pursuing a PhD in Security and Strategic Studies at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
“He has attended several courses within and outside Nigeria, namely: Innovation and Strategy at Harvard University, Boston, USA; Security Management and Coordination, London and Investigative Journalism at City University, London.
“Other courses he has attended are on Leadership, Arbitration, Conflict Management/Resolution, Negotiation and Public Communication, among others.
“He is the Editor-in-Chief of the DSS’ in-house Magazine, The Triple S,” the statement said.