NHIS Boss Usman Yusuf

Policemen numbering close to 50 escorted the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, into the headquarter of the scheme in Abuja.

It was learned that the policemen fired tear gas to disperse members of staff, who had attempted to prevent Usman from gaining entry.

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Yusuf, who was suspended by the governing council of the NHIS insisted that the board had no power to suspend him.

Earlier, policemen were deployed to the NHIS headquarters in preparation for a possible face-off between Yusuf and members of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria.

Speaking with The Cable, however, Razaq Omomeji, chairman of the NHIS chapter of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, said Yusuf would meet his waterloo if he stepped into the office on Monday.

Reacting to Yusuf’s non-compliance with the suspension, Omomeji said the suspended ES misinterpreted the Act setting up the agency.

Omomeji explained that the governing board suspended Yusuf, not sack him.

He said by suspending Yusuf, the board lived up to its role as an ambassador of the anti-corruption crusade of the President.

“The council has the power to suspend him and he remains suspended. Not only on suspension, he is to face a panel,” he said.

He added “They are both appointees of the President. Should there be any infraction among them, the council can resolve to put them on suspension.

“They are not sacking him. There are allegations of corruption against him. The panel has decided that he has to face it. So, he can be placed on suspension while the investigation is going on to ascertain the allegations against him.

“He has been suspended. If he comes near the office, he will meet his waterloo; let him accept it.”