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Published On: Tue, Oct 23rd, 2018

NHIS scribe, Yusuf defies suspension, reports for work

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Yusuf, yesterday forcefully gained entrance into the Abuja head office of the scheme with the help of security operatives.
At the complex yesterday, protesting staff union with a handful of security officials stationed at the gate tried to restrain Mr Yusuf from entering but were overpowered by several police officers on his entourage.
Many staff members of the scheme where tear-gassed in the melee by almost 50 police officers that Mr Yusuf came with.
“They tear-gassed our men and women. They almost shot when we tried to stop them. Now he is in his office with many police officers guarding him,” Omameji Abdulrazak, the workers union chairman said.
It would recalled that Yusuf was suspended last weekend by the governing council of the NHIS who also set up a panel to probe allegations against him.
Also in July 2017, the executive secretary was suspended by the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, over alleged gross misconduct and fraud but was in February controversially reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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