Update: Embattled NHIS Boss Sues Adewole, Board Over Suspension

On Tuesday, President Muhammed Buhari gave a directive for the suspension of the Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr. Usman Yusuf through the office of the Secretary of Federation.

In response to his suspension, the embattled Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), has dragged the governing body of the scheme to court over his suspension.

Yusuf, in a suit filed at the federal high Court Abuja, asked the court to declare that the governing council has no power to suspend him and the court should nullify his suspension.

Selected as respondents in the suit filed on Monday are Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health. The Secretary of NHIS was suspended by the governing council over allegations of abuse of office and financial infractions.

He argued that his suspension was illegal and only President Muhammed Buhari has the authority to suspend him. In a suit filed on his behalf by the council, the Executive Secretary beseeched the court to declare that the governing council lacked the powers to discipline him and they are not empowered to get involved in the day-to-day running of the scheme.
In addition to this, he asked the court to restrain the defendants or anyone acting on their behalf, continuing to obstruct the plaintiff from carrying out his official duties as the Executive Secretary of the scheme.

Meanwhile, the President had ordered Mr. Yusuf on a compulsory administrative leave as the federal government has also commenced investigations into the allegations leveled against him.

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