Contrary to beliefs in many quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed his kinsman to head the Department of State Services, DSS, it has emerged that both men may have never met before, though it was unclear if it meant that they did not know each other.
The security agency’s newly appointed director-General, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, told State House correspondents after meeting Mr. Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday that it was the first time he was meeting the president face to face.
Mr. Bichi, who refused to disclose the nature of their discusion to the press after a closed door meeting, said it was private.
But he disclosed that the president asked if they had ever come in contact.
“Mr President asked if we had met before, I said No”.
Mr. Buhari had on September 13 appointed Bichi, as the new Director-General.
Bichi, who replaced Lawal Daura, the former DG of the DSS, 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.
Bichi had 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.
In the course of his career, Bichi was 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.
Bichi also served as Director at State Service Academy.