NHIS boss Usman Yusuf

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf, has filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja against the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) challenging his suspension.

Yusuf in the suit is asking the court to hold that the governing council of the NHIS had no powers under no powers under sections 6 and 7 of the NHIS Act to discipline him or to investigate allegations made against him as they have done leading his suspension on October 19, 2018.

In the suit filed by his counsel, Uchechukwu Obi (SAN), Yusuf is contending that “only the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and no other, upon the recommendation of the minister of health can discipline, investigate, suspend or remove him from office.”

He further asked the court to set aside his purported suspension from the NHIS by the board of the agency was null and void.

Prof. Yusuf was accused of diverting staff allowances to the tune of N919m.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the matter.

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