MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
A retired Assistant Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) in charge of Intelligence and Operations Department, Mr. Dennis Amachree, has described the Director-General of the State Service (DG SS), Alhaji YM Bichi as a core professional, who understands the pivotal role intelligence plays in internal security equation.
Speaking with AtlanticNewsonline at the weekend, Amachree who is now into private security consultancy said Bichi has the capacity to achieve all known international benchmarks for the secret service, hence the compelling need for proper funding of the foremost domestic intelligence agency by the Federal Government.
According to him, it will be recalled that the superlative performance of the DG SS, had necessitated a renewal of his appointment on September 13th, 2022, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The DSS under Bichi has continued to receive accolades in its core area of intelligence gathering, as attested to by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Idris Wase.
“In the course of debate on insecurity on the floor of the House last year, Wase had shocked members, and by extension Nigerians, with the revelation that the DSS shared 44 intelligence reports to relevant authorities before the July 5, 2022 attack on the Kuje Medium Security Correctional Centre in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
Amachree noted that since Bichi’s first appointment on 13th September 2018, he has successfully steered the DSS out of controversy, through the observance of due process, rule of law, training, infrastructural revolution, as well as enhanced welfare.
“Alhaji YM Bichi, a Fellow, of the War College (fwc) is one of the core professionals, the DSS has produced in recent times.
“A man of very few words but one that understands the exigencies of intelligence for internal security.
“His success, I can attribute to two things. First, the ability to understand his workforce, proper training, equipping and regular welfare.
“Second, the timely sharing of actionable intelligence with the Police and other sister security agencies.
“Bichi has achieved a lot and is on his way to achieving international benchmarks, if he could be properly funded”, Amachree added.
Mr. Dennis Amachree