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JUST IN: Nnochirionye Afunanya appointed as DSS spokesperson



The Department of State Services has announced the appointment of Mr . Nnochirionye Afunanya as its spokesperson .
The appointment was contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Department of the agency in Abuja on Thursday .

Acting Director General of the agency , Mr . Matthew Seiyefa , had at his maiden press briefing at the national headquarters of the organisation in Abuja on Thursday , promised that he would appoint a spokesperson for the agency.

Throughout the more than three years that the sacked DG of the agency, Mr . Lawal Daura was at its realm of affairs , the DSS did not have any known spokesperson .

Mr . Tony Opuiyo, whose name always appeared in statements from the agency under Daura , is believed to be a pseudo name .

Afunanya , according to the statement that announced his appointment , 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 Ph . D 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 .

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“ 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 . ”

The new spokesman 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 .

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