The anti-graft war of the Nigerian government is being extended to the health insurance sector.

This is coming after several allegations and petitions have been put forward against the leadership of the insurance scheme.

The Chief Executive Officer of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf, has been suspended for alleged corrupt practices.

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, directed that Professor Yusuf proceed on 3 months suspension with immediate effect to allow for transparent investigation.

A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health, Boade Akinola, said the suspension was a result of various allegations and petitions against him.

According to him, the Minister also directed the setting up of an investigative committee to look in the various allegations in accordance with the Public Service Rules.

Akinola said the suspension was also to allow for an uninterrupted investigation.

He said that Yusuf was directed to handover to the next most senior General Manager in the agency.

He advised staff of the agency a to be law abiding, vigilant and safeguard all government properties including valuable documents.