The Federal Government on Wednesday said Prof. Usman Yusuf’s reinstatement would not stop the investigation being carried out by the EFCC against him.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this during an interview with State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. 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,” he said.
The minister added, “I didn’t say I’m not aware of his investigation, I said EFCC.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the acting Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Attahiru Ibrahim, on Wednesday met with the senior officials of the agency during which he asked them to prepare handover notes for Yusuf.
Ibrahim’s meeting, it was learnt, was sequel to a letter sent to him by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Clement Uwaifo, who asked him to step down and prepare the agency for the return of Yusuf.
A source at the NHIS said, “The acting head of the agency informed us that he had received a letter from the permanent secretary asking him to step down and make arrangements for the return of Yusuf.
“He asked all heads of department to compile handover notes which would be handed over to Yusuf when he resumes.”