Buhari asks new DG SSS: ‘Have we ever met before?’

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President Muhammadu Buhari (left) meets the new DG SSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for the first time on Thursday, September 20, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari (left) meets the new DG SSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for the first time on Thursday, September 20, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja met, for the first time, with the newly appointed Director-General of the State Security Services, SSS, Yusuf Bichi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that when Mr Bichi was ushered into the president’s office by protocol officials, he was asked by the president 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.

NAN reports that the meeting of the president and the SSS boss went into a closed door session.

It would be recalled that President Buhari had on September 13 appointed Yusuf Bichi, as new D-G of SSS.

Mr Bichi, who replaced Lawal Daura, is a retired 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 SSS.

Mr 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.

The new SSS 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.

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.

Mr Bichi also served as director at State Service Academy.

NAN