Breaking: Nigerian Police escort suspended NHIS Executive Secretary into premises, tear gas staff

Usman Yusuf, NHIS

Policemen numbering close to 50 broke the gates to the headquarters of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), escorting the suspended Executive Secretary, Professor Usman Yusuf, into the premises.

The Police fired teargas canisters at workers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) who are currently protesting against the resumption of office by the embattled Executive secretary, Professor Yusuf Usman.

In a press briefing last week, the NHIS board said it suspended Yusuf for “fraudulently inflating the cost of biometric capturing machines attempting to “illegally execute N30 billion in federal government bonds….superfluous arrogation of project vehicles” among others.

It had also accused Yusuf of embarking on travels “in defiance to council directive.” However, Yusuf had, last week, rejected his suspension by the board and had said that he would resume his normal duties today.

But the workers, who come out earlier today, had blocked the entrance of the office in Abuja to prevent Yusuf from gaining access into the premises.

Workers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) protesting at the gate of the scheme’s headquarters as police stop them Photo Credit: Vanguard

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

However, Yusuf was able to gain entrance into the NHIS headquarters. Soon afterwards, heavy security personnel took over the premises, with some seen at the gate.

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