A popular Twitter influencer, Dr Harvey Funmilayo has allegedly been accused of sexual assault and emotional abuse by a partner.
The alleged victim, also a medical doctor, was identified as Bola Aseyan.
1st News reports that the allegations came to light in the early hours of today, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Equally important, Dr Funmilayo, a medical doctor based in the United Kingdom; has been one of the most vocal voices on ending the rape culture in Nigeria. In addition, he has remained a popular and active Twitter user; with his views always heard on topical issues on the micro-blogging site.
However, the alleged victim who claims to have been in a relationship with Dr. Funnmilayo; has accused the Twitter influencer of posturing as morally upright online but allegedly guilty of the same ills he speaks out against.
In a lengthy thread posted on her personal Twitter handle, the lady who claims to also be a medical practitioner, says she had endured years of abuse from Dr. Funmilayo. Further, she revealed that she had held on in the hope that it would end soon.
‘‘Your favourite online influencer also a medical doctor based in the UK who always has an opinion on every topic on Twitter. He is morally upright on the Internet, yet does the exact opposite of what he preaches online. Preaching against rape and doing the exact opposite in person.”
‘‘We are both doctors. Both of us. And I’ve been too nice just because I thought it would end soon. You bully me every time. You know I hate social media issues and you have a lot of followers so it’s okay to do all these to me ba? Right!!
‘‘Your fav influencer has sexually and emotionally abused me for so long, and I’ve been hiding it. I didn’t want to say anything because I DESPERATELY didn’t want to be in the news for anything bad here. I kept telling myself it would be over soon.”
Further, she revealed that she decided to come clean because she could not take it anymore.
Dr FUNMILAYO is the accused!
— Liz (@bola_aseyan) June 30, 2020
In addition, she claims she has proof of the abuse and has filed a complaint with the Police.
However, she revealed that a lot of their colleagues in the medical profession are putting considerable pressure on her to drop the matter.
‘‘I use God to beg our fellow medical doctors in my DM asking me not to tweet or let it go. Please and please, they won’t abuse your children. Pls don’t give me unsolicited advise. I didn’t press charges even though the cops here in the UK asked me to. Don’t push it.
‘‘I didn’t press charges, only because you would lose your license to practise, and I cannot bear to carry that much guilt in my heart. Even with everything that you’ve done, I’m still not a mean spirited person. I leave you to God to judge you, and my head will judge you!!!
‘‘Everyone is telling me to consider his profession and not say anything. I shouldn’t say anything. How about how I feel? Every time, I’m tired. I haven’t done a thing to deserve this. I have lodged a formal complaint with the police today! I cannot and will not take this anymore!’’ she declared.
Meanwhile, the popular Twitter influencer is yet to react to the allegations.
However, Nigerians have reacted to the allegations, with many expressing surprise at the development.
1st News has put together a few of the reactions here.
He’s self righteous, he always has an opinion on every twitter trend, he unnecessarily drags people for a living
He is accused of rape, they said he has a very small penis and that he is Idumota Ben Carson
Dr Funmilayo, you are always vocal, now is not the time to be silent
— bohlahjii (@SapientialRn) June 30, 2020
Dr Funmilayo is the Accused ?
Ko Je Je be. It’s Impossican’t !
— Èrin Lakataábu (@TheOgbeniOpa) June 30, 2020
Not rushing to conclusions on scandals is always what's ought to be done till everything's revealed. I really hope the accusation on Dr. Funmilayo is false.
— Sadiq (@Ashyks) June 30, 2020
The same Dr Funmilayo that would have created a thread by now at the mention of Rape is laying under his Duvet like nothing happened!
Your ink don finish? Hypocrite oshi
— Numen LA'BODE (@ItzLabode) June 30, 2020
This rape allegation thing against Dr funmilayo. I remember the way he dragged the tife guy then.
What I am waiting for now is the way Danny and co will drag him based on the same accusations. pic.twitter.com/7IXzD6VzsP
— 🍀D’HAMZ 🍀 (@hamza_babatunde) June 30, 2020
Dr Funmilayo is a Hippocratic colleague per excellence who has stood for the rights of individuals.
Even as much as sexual abuse should be taken seriously. I feel @DrOlufunmilayo side of the story should be heard.
Sorry @bola_aseyan for what you've been through but such
— MD XtraordinairE (@Joeynext) June 30, 2020
Wow Dr funmilayo had a girlfriend? But he told me he was single…
— President_Aisha 🌼 (@PresidentAisha_) June 29, 2020