Ex-DSS boss Gadzama appointed NISS chairman

A former Director-General of the Department for State Services (DSS), Afakriya A. Gadzama, has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS).

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday saying the appointment was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The statement added that the appointment, which took effect from December 16, 2019, is for an initial period of four years.

Born on November 22, 1953 at Lassa in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State, Gadzama attended the prestigious Barewa College, Zaria from (1968–1972), then School of Basic studies Zaria Kaduna State, according to Wikipedia.

He later proceeded to the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for his bachelor’s degree (BA) in Political Science (1977). In 2001, Gadzama attended the Senior Executive Course at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos.

He started his career in 1978 with the Ministry of Finance in Borno State and transferred to the National Security Organization as a Principal Officer in 1984. He rose through the ranks of the NSO and the subsequent State Security Service which was carved out of the NSO when it was dissolved.

His postings at the State Security Service include: Director of Security, Plateau State (1989–1991);   Director of Security, Federal Capital Territory (1991–1993); Director of Security, Kaduna (1993–1997); Director of Operations, SSS National Headquarters (1997–1998); Director of Programmes, SSS National Headquarters 1999; Director of Intelligence (2001–2002); Director of Operations (2002–2003); Director of Administration and Logistics, National Headquarters (2004–2005); Director of Corporate Services, National Headquarters (2006–2007); Director General, SSS (2007-2010).

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