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UK medical tribunal clears Dr Olufunmilayo of rape

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The United Kingdom Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) has cleared Nigerian-born medical doctor and social media influencer Olufunmilayo Ogunsanya of rape and abusive relationship allegations that his ex-girlfriend Bola Aseyan levelled against him in 2020.

The tribunal said on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, that multiple layers of investigation could not establish any wrongdoing against Mr Ogunsanya.

Consequently, the panel said Mr Ogunsanya’s professional record and ability to continue medical practice in the UK have not been impaired.

“As the facts have not been found proved it therefore follows that Dr Ogunsanya’s fitness to practise is not impaired,” the panel said.

Over 20 claims raised against the Nigerian doctor were considered by the panel and found no evidence to substantiate any of them, after several sittings and adjournments.

The complaints were first levelled against Mr Ogunsanya by Ms Aseyan, also a medical doctor, who took to social media in 2020 to accuse him of sundry charges that included rape, domestic abuse and mental torture.

Mr Ogunsanya, who was at the time prominent on Twitter for his medical opinions and analyses, promptly admitted his involvement with Ms Aseyan but strongly denied rape and abusive charges and pushed out evidence that appeared to exonerate him at the time.

The police in the UK intervened in the matter and found no evidence of wrongdoing against Mr Ogunsanya. A referral to the General Medical Council was also investigated before the matter was ultimately taken before the MPTS.

Ms Aseyan subsequently deleted her Twitter account and disappeared from social media overall. She also fled the UK and returned to Nigeria

Months after the allegations, Mr Ogunsanya, who had over 400,000 followers on Twitter before excusing himself from the social media platform on personal grounds, filed defamation charges against Ms Aseyan in Nigeria.

Mr Ogunsanya graduated from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria before moving to the UK in 2012 to pursue further education in medicine and build a career.

 

His lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, told the People’s Gazette that, Mr Ogunsaya was doing well, and Ms Aseyan would face the consequences of her uncorroborated and defamatory allegations.

“Bolanle Aseyan is currently facing both civil and criminal lawsuits in Nigeria for her actions,” Mr Effiong said. “No one should have to go through what Funmi has endured these past years. False rape allegations should never be trivialised. It is evil and despicable.

Aseyan reportedly met Dr Aseyan, an alumnus of LASUTH on Twitter in November 2019.

They started talking and later began a romantic relationship. In 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, she allegedly pressured Dr Olufunmilayo to arrange for her to come over to the UK.

He agreed and flew her into the United Kingdom where they lived together for months. They had consensual s3x numerous times during the period.

At some point, the two lovers fell apart and Dr Olufunmilayo reportedly called off the relationship.

An aggrieved Dr Aseyan reportedly then went to the UK Metropolitan police to accuse Dr Olufunmilayo of rape and domestic violence. Dr Olufunmilayo was arrested and the matter was investigated and found to be false.

Dr Aseyan reportedly was dissatisfied and went to the UK General Medical Council to lay complaints against her former lover. The GMC accepted the case and passed it to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), which investigated the claims and finally gave its verdict today.

 

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