Court Seizes Bola Aseyan’s Passport As Trial Resumes Over R.a.p.e Allegation Against Dr. Olufunmilayo

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The police have re-arraigned a female medical doctor, Bolanle Aseyan, before a Federal High Court for a r.a.pe allegation against popular Twitter influencer, Olufunmilayo Ogunsanya.

Ms. Aseyan faces a five-count charge bordering on false publication on Twitter where she tagged Mr. Ogunsanya a r.a.pist.

In June 2020, the lady in a series of tweets alleged that Mr. Ogunsanya abused her s.e.xually and emotionally throughout their one-year relationship when visiting his residence in the UK.

Mr. Ogunsanya, also a medical doctor, had denied the allegation on claims that they had s.e.x while under the influence of alcohol.

The police prosecuting counsel, Emmanuel Eze, in a charge marked FHC/L/ 260c/2020, alleged that 25-year-old Ms. Aseyan committed the alleged offences between June 29 and August 14, 2020, at number 12A, Molade Okoya Thomas, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos.

The prosecutor said her act intended to tarnish the image of Mr. Ogunsanya, an action said to have caused him the fear of death and violence.

The offence, according to the prosecutor, contravenes Section 24(1)(a) and 24 (2) (a) and punishable under Section 24(1)(b) 24 (2)(C)(ii) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention Etc) Act, 2015.

Ms. Aseyan, first arraigned before Yaba Chief Magistrate Court, in September 2020, denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 Following her plea, the prosecutor asked the court to remand her pending her bail application.

However, her lawyer, Muiz Banire (SAN), said the defendant’s bail application was filed and served on the prosecutor, who had responded and filed a counter-affidavit.

Mr. Banire appealed to the court to hear her bail application on the basis that her services would be required during the COVID-19 period.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, having listened to arguments on the bail application, held that “the offences against the defendant are bailable ones and that granting bail is at the court’s discretion.”

Subsequently, Mrs. Oguntoyinbo admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1 million, with one surety in the sum of N500,000.

The judge also ordered the seizure of the defendant’s passport and adjourned the case until March 23 and 24.


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