The United Kingdom Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) has exonerated Nigerian-born medical doctor Olufunmilayo Ogunsanya of rape and abusive relationship allegations levelled against him by his ex-girlfriend and fellow doctor, Bola Aseyan.
MPTS cleared Ogunsanya, who is also a social media influencer of all the allegations which were brought against him in 2022.
Aseyan had dragged Ogunsanya to the UK Metropolitan Police on allegations of rape but he was cleared after investigation as the police noted that the allegations were unfounded.
Not satisfied with the police decision, Aseyan filed a complaint against the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) in 2020 against him and the GMC referred the matter to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
Documents from the tribunal released Wednesday morning disclosed that Ogunsanya was cleared of the charges and layers of investigation could not establish any wrongdoing against him.
Consequently, the panel said 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 in its July 19, 2023 verdict.
In his reaction to the tribunal’s judgement, another Nigerian medical doctor and social influencer, known as Dr. Penking on twitter, explains how the relationship which had developed between the two doctors got sour and led to Dr. Bolanle Aseyan’s attempts to have Dr. Olufunmilayo Ogunsanya’s medical practice licence withdrawn.
In a twitter thread, Dr. Penking explains:
“She met Dr Olufunmilayo (OurFavOnlineDoctor) on Twitter on November 2019. They started talking and somehow later fell in love. In 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, she pressured Dr Olufunmilayo to arrange for her to come over to the UK. He agreed, since he loved her. She started applying for VISA and was eventually granted. Dr Olufunmilayo paid for the flight.
“They met. She lived in his house for months.They had consensual sex several times. She paid no bills. Feeding, accommodation, light, water, wifi heating, everything was paid by Dr Olufunmilayo. Somewhere along the line, the relationship went sour. She displayed character Dr. Olufunmilayo could not put up with in a life partner and he decided to call off the relationship.
“The first thing Dr. Bola Aseyan did was run to the UK Metropolitan police to accuse him of rape and domestic violence. Dr. Olufunmilayo was arrested and the matter was alacritously investigated but found to be false. Embittered and feeling defeated, Dr Bola Aseyan moved straight to the UK General Medical Council with an aim to have his license withdrawn and him deported. The GMC accepted the case and passed it to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).”
This is Dr Bolanle Aseyan from Kabba in Kogi State, an alumni of LASUTH.
She met Dr Olufunmilayo (OurFavOnlineDoctor) on Twitter on November 2019. They started talking and somehow later fell in love. In 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, she pressured Dr Olufunmilayo to arrange pic.twitter.com/h27dwJP49A
— Dr Penking™🇳🇬🇦🇺 (@drpenking) July 19, 2023
In another reaction to the ruling, Nigerian human rights lawyer, Inihebe Effiong said, “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.
“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 trivialized. It is evil and despicable.
“Funmi is doing well and he sends his regards to all those who have stood by him and believed in his innocence. Like I have always said, history will vindicate the just.
“It is pertinent to stress that Dr Funmi has not only been exonerated of rape, he has also been exonerated of sexual abuse and emotional abuse falsely levelled against him by his ex.”
SOURCES: Vanguard and Twitter (@drpenking)
Additional Research and Reporting: Dele Ogundahunsi