- The DSS has appointed Nnochirionye Afunanya as its new spokesperson
- Afunanya's appointment was announced on Thursday, August 16, by the the public relations department of the agency in Abuja
- The department was without a spokesperson all through the more than three years Lawal Daura headed it
The Department of State Services (DSS) has appointed Nnochirionye Afunanya as its spokesperson.
The appointment was mentioned in a statement made by the public relations department of the agency in Abuja on Thursday, August 16, Punch reports.
This was in keeping with the acting director general of the agency, Matthew Seiyefa's recent promise in Abuja that he would appoint a spokesperson for the agency.
The department, according reports, has been without a spokesperson for over three years Lawal Daura was its head.
Tony Opuiyo, whose name always appeared in statements from the agency under Daura, is said to be a pseudonym.
According to the statement, Afunanya obtained MA in English (2009), from the University of Uyo and another MA in Peace and Strategic Studies (2011), from the University of Ilorin. He is said to be currently pursuing a PhD in Security and Strategic Studies at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
The statement said: “He has attended several courses within and outside Nigeria, namely: Innovation and Strategy at Harvard University, Boston, USA; Security Management and Coordination, London and Investigative Journalism at City University, London.
“Other courses he has attended are on Leadership, Arbitration, Conflict Management/Resolution, Negotiation and Public Communication, among others. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the DSS’ in-house Magazine, The Triple S.”
Afunanya is a member of Nigerian Institute of chartered arbitrators, Nigerian Red Cross, Nigerian institute of management, Nigerian institute for industrial security, society for peace scholars and practice, American society for industrial security, and he is a fellow of the institute of corporate administration.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, August 7, sacked Daura.
A statement by Laolu Akande, his spokesperson, said: “The acting president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has directed the termination of the appointment of the director general, State Security Service, Lawal Musa Daura, with immediate effect.
“Mr. Daura has been directed to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service until further notice.”
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