A Nigerian actor has been vindicated after being accused of raping a woman. It turned out that the accuser falsified her claims.
Accordiing to Independent Nigeria
, the alleged sexual assault by Justin Ugonna on a young victim was posted in December last year via the Twitter handle of Didunoluwa Johnson.
The falsity of the misinformation being posted on Didunoluwa's Twitter handle was confirmed when she was contacted by Mr. Justin Ugonna and his team who not only denied the allegations but also provided his travel itinerary to show that he was not in the country on the day the rape purportedly took place.
In this regard, Didunoluwa Johnson has officially presented a public apology to Mr. Justin Ugonna, after realising that the evidence which was provided by the victim had been manipulated. Although she had noted that her post was inadvertent, ignorant and in poor judgment.
Didunoluwa Johnson further noted that she has suffered immense pain as a result of this incident, received hate mails and death threats which have affected her deeply. She also stated that there are many lessons to be learnt from this misadventure, especially as it's been learnt in a hard way. She however concluded her statement by noting that she is now better informed, as she deeply regret her action to Justin and his family.
Read her apology below:
Last year December, I posted a story on Twitter about a young girl who said she had been the victim of sexual assault.
According to the victim, on July 30th 2016, a young man named Justin Ugonna, then 20 years old, had statutorily raped her when she was 14.
The purported victim sent me screenshots of what appeared to be chats between Justin and the victim. I took those to be evidence, believed her story and posted it.
I was later contacted by Mr Justin Ugonna and his team who not only denied the allegations but also provided his travel itinerary to show that he was not in the country on the day the rape purportedly took place.
Screenshots that I had believed were true, turned out to have been manipulated. I realized then that my post was inadvertent, ignorant and in poor judgement.
I immediately deleted the post and put up an apology to Justin.
I am using this medium to apologize once again to Justin and his family for the grief and pain I have caused them. It was not my intention to malign nor cast aspersions on the character of Justin, as I had no reason to do so.
I am sorry.
I have suffered immense pain as a result of this incident, received hate mails and death threats which have affected me deeply. In the past few months, I have grown a few years.
There are many lessons to be learnt from this misadventure and I am learning them the hard way. I am now better informed and I deeply regret my action to Justin and his family.