By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal yesterday quashed the charge preferred against the former Minister of Health, Professor Adenike Grange over her alleged complicity in the criminal diversion of N300 million unspent budget of the health ministry for 2007. Professor Grange had since lost her job as health minister.
But the judgment of the appellate court would clear her name and integrity.
Grangeâ€™s lead counsel, Dr. Alex Aigbe Izinyon (SAN) had approached the appellate court to set aside the verdict of the trial court refusing to quash the charge against the former minister. The EFCC trying her had mounted a stout opposition against the success of the application.
But the appellate court yesterday vide a unanimous verdict said there was merit in her application and quashed the charge.
On the panel that gave the judgment yesterday were Justices Mary Odili, Abdul Aboki and Uwani Abba – Aji.
The court specifically upheld the arguments made out by Izinyon, declaring the appeal as â€œmeritoriousâ€ and therefore successful.
Consequently, the court quashed the charge against Grange and accordingly discharged her from standing further trial on account of the said charge.
Grange is the second person of the 12 accused persons charged by the EFCC in the case .
It would be recalled that the Minister of State, Aduku had several months ago also been discharged from facing trial in the case following the courtâ€™s decision to quash the charge.