UK Medical Tribunal clears Nigerian doctor of rape, abusive relationship accusations by ex-lover

The United Kingdom’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) has exonerated Dr Olufunmilayo Ogunsanya, a Nigerian media doctor based in the United Kingdom, of rape and abusive relationship allegations levelled against him by his former girlfriend friend, Dr Bolanle Aseyan.

Inibehe Effiong, who is one of Ogunsanya’s lawyers in Nigeria, disclosed this in a post on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, said Ogunsanya, who was popular on Twitter for medical advice and a social media influencer was cleared by the UK Police after an investigation proved that the allegations were unsubstantiated.

Ogunsanya was accused by Aseyan, who is based in the UK, via her handle #bola_aseyan in a series of Twitter in October 2020 of sexually abusing her, claiming that he was a different person from what was presented to the public online. She accused him of rape, domestic abuse and mental torture, claiming she has proof of her allegations.

Ogunsanya, who admitted being romantically involved with Aseyan, strongly the allegations and pushed out his evidence in trying to prove his innocence.

These allegations were later investigated by the Police in the UK and the UK Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in investigations and trial that spanned three years.

Effiong, in his tweet, released some documents, showing the British panel considered over 20 claims raised against Ogunsanya and found no evidence to substantiate any of them, after several sittings and adjournments.

“Today, July 19, 2023, the Tribunal has announced their decision and determined that all the allegations made against Dr Funmi have not been proved, Effiong said in the tweet.

“The Tribunal ruled that Dr Funmi’s fitness to practice has not been impaired.

“It is important to state that the standard of proof at the Tribunal which resulted in their findings was based on a balance of probability; and not proved beyond reasonable doubt. This is very significant because it shows that the allegation had no iota of merit or credibility.

“This latest vindication of Funmi is a victory for all victims of false accusations of sexual misconduct.

“As one of the lawyers to Funmi in Nigeria, I’m excited by the outcome of the case at the Medical Tribunal.

During the almost three-year ordeal, Ogunsanya, who had over 400,000 followers on Twitter, temporarily took a break from Twitter on personal grounds and filed defamation charges against Aseyan in Nigeria.

Aseyan, on her part, deleted her Twitter account and disappeared from social media. She also left the UK and returned to Nigeria.

Effiong also revealed that Aseyan would face the consequences of her uncorroborated and defamatory allegations as Ogunsanya is determined to pursue his case against her in Nigeria.

“The false accuser, Dr Bolanle Aseyan, is currently facing both civil and criminal lawsuits in Nigeria for her actions.

“No one should have to go through what Funmi has ensured these past years. False rape allegations should never be trivialised. It is evil and despicable.”

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