Dr. Judith Asuni, the American/Nigerian, who was discharged of alleged espionage offences on Monday in Abuja, said she had been vindicated by the truth even as she said that she was not a spy.
Speaking at the court’s premises where government had come to formalise the discharge of Asuni and three others charged with her, she said “I am not a spy, there was no evidence of the charges preferred against me by the government, the truth has set me free.
“I do what I do because I love Nigeria, I am a Nigerian, I have three children who are all Nigerians and this is my 36th year in this country.”
Asuni, who runs a Non-Governmental Organisation, Academic Associates Peace Work, based in the Niger Delta region, said that she suspected sabotage by those that were envious of the popularity of her network.
She said, “We are very close to the militants in the creek and we do everything possible to douse tension in the region, but some people are not happy with what we are doing.
“Our activities are not to impede the work of the security agents but to support them by giving information and logistics.”
Asuni said she would not be deterred by her experience but would remain in Nigeria and continue with her job.
Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako had earlier quashed the charges against Asuni and three others, upon an application by Mr. Salihu Aliyu, the Director of Public Prosecution in the Federal Ministry of Justice.
Aliyu had, upon the instruction of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa (SAN), withdrawn the espionage charges it preferred against Asuni and others.
Two Germans, Florian Orpitz (35) and Andy Lehmann (26) and a Nigerian, Danjuma Saidu, were charged along with Asuni by the government on allegations of spying on Nigeria.
Before the charges were quashed, Aliyu had told the court that government was discontinuing the trial because of the overall security implications it would pose to the Niger Delta region and the country in general.
– The Punch