Unic Press UK: The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday sacked Matthew Seiyefa, who, hitherto, was the acting Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS). Yusuf Magaji Bichi is now the substantive Director-General of the DSS.
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE:
PRESIDENT BUHARI NAMES NEW DG DSS
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with effect from the 14th of September, the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi (fwc), as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) September 13, 2018
The Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, said the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi takes effect today, the 14 September 2018.
Shehu added that:
“The new Director-General began his career in the security division of the Cabinet Office in Kano. . . Mr. Bichi has worked as the State Director of Security in Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto and Abia states. He also served as Director at State Service Academy.”
A few weeks ago, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum had issued a Press Release, alleging a secret plot by the presidency to remove Matthew Seiyefa from office, saying:
“We ordinarily would have ignored this report but for the clannishness, sectional proclivity and exclusive handling of the security architecture of the country by President Buhari since he came to office in 2015. It is equally not surprising to us that since the President returned from his holidays in London, he has not made a comment on the invasion of the National Assembly by the DSS in his absence, which led to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, sacking Daura. Buhari’s silence was a confirmation of our speculation that he is not happy with the former DG, DSS removal,” the Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria, wrote.
It was on August 7 that Yemi Osinbajo, who was the acting President of Nigeria at the time, terminated the appointment of Lawal Daura, and appointed the most senior official of the DSS, Matthew Seiyefa, to serve as the acting Director-General.
While Mr Lawal Daura was sacked over the siege of the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, by heavily armed personnel of the State Security Service (SSS) most of whom wore a balaclava during an unlawful blockage of the main entrance gate to the lawmakers’ official meeting place, the Nigerian government has yet to disclose the reasons behind the removal of Matthew Seiyefa.