Nigerian govt says EFCC, others free to investigate NHIS boss

Nigerian govt says EFCC, others free to investigate NHIS boss
February 07 22:50 2018 Print This Article

By Ahmed Idris

The federal government said on Wednesday that anti-graft agencies in the country are free to investigate the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, who was reinstated by President Muhamadu Buhari on Tuesday.

Last year, the NHIS boss had a major disagreement with the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, who is overseeing the agency.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, said he was not aware that the NHIS boss was being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over any allegation of fraud.

The minister said even if the NHIS boss was under investigation, his reinstatement would not stopped any probe being carried by anti-graft agencies against him.

“I am not aware that the EFCC is investigating the recently reinstated Executive Secretary of NHIS but if that is the case I don’t think his reinstatement is a bar to any investigation.

“I was precise I said I am not aware that the EFCC is investigating him and that if it is true, that the fact that he has been reinstated does not mean a stop to it. That is what I said. I am not saying I’m not aware that he was suspended or any investigation is going on. The fact that he has been reinstated does not mean that the EFCC will not continue with its investigation, that is what I said,” he said.

Before the commencement of the council meeting, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was seen discussing with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, and other ministers.

The Minister of Health was seen gesticulating, obviously making points while the Vice President and other ministers listened attentively.