Police Rascality Taken To Unknown Heights As Operatives Escort Suspended NHIS Boss Usman Into Premises, Teargas Staff

Police rascality was taken to unknown heights on Monday when policemen numbering about 50 broke the gates to the headquarters of the National Health Insurance Scheme, escorting the suspended Executive Secretary, Professor Usman Yusuf, into the premises.

The policemen, who were enforcing illegality, fired tear gas to disperse members of staff, who attempted to prevent Usman from gaining entry.

The NHIS boss, who was suspended by the governing council of the NHIS, had said that only President Muhammadu Buhari can suspend him.

Interestingly, the president, who once reinstated Mr. Usman after an earlier suspension, has maintained sealed lips.

Reacting to Mr. Yusuf resorting to self-help and illegality, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said on Monday that he was yet to be properly briefed.

He said, “I have not being properly briefed on the development at the NHIS. I have called for a meeting and once I get full details of what is happening, I will send my report to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

“I can only assure you that government will take appropriate steps to restore peace in NHIS and ensure that the scheme fulfills its mandate.”

Meanwhile, NHIS workers refused to work on Monday in protest over the Monday incident.

There were seen protesting at the head office of the agency, calling on Mr. Buhari to do the right thing.

“The needful is for the President to remove Mr Yusuf and bring in somebody who can salvage this agency which is at the brink of collapse,” Chris Achi, the secretary, Senior Civil Servants of the NHIS told the press.
Mr. Yusuf’s official telephone was switched off.
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