Former Wimbledon and England footballer, John Fashanu has been arrested by the police in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, according to the Mirror. Fashanu, it was alleged acted as a fixer in a scam to sell plots of land that were not for sale. Fash, 54, was arrested at his home on the Sun City Estate in Abuja and held in custody after a friend who gave him the money to help him buy a landed property in Abuja reported to the police that Fash had conspired with 2 others to dupe him.
Fashanu’s barrister Hyp Egbune confirmed he had this week paid a second instalment of the money owed and that: “The matter is being resolved. He won’t be charged to court is my understanding. We are repaying the money and that should settle this matter.
The person who made the complaint has been a mutual friend for quite a number of years and we are more interested in keeping that relationship so we are making amends. We hope to do that as soon as we can. It is quite a lot of money so we hope to do it as soon as we can. We want to have this resolved.”
Nigerian police Deputy Inspector General Hyacinth Dagala said: “John Fashanu was arrested on July 17 in connection with an allegation of criminal conspiracy and obtaining the sum of 9.5m Naira under false pretence.
He was granted administrative bail on July 18 but because of his inability to produce the requisite surety on that day, he remained in detention until July 19 when he was released.”
It is understood Fashanu was released after surrendering his British passport and agreeing to pay back a first instalment of the money.
John Fashanu made negative headlines in 1997 when he was charged, but later acquitted of match fixing. A year later, Justin Fashanu, his brother and Britain’s first openly gay professional footballer hanged himself.
In 2015 he was arrested for illegal possesion of firearms in Nigeria and ended up paying a fine.
Fash has been a UN ambassador for Nigeria, a Unicef goodwill ambassador for 53 African countries and a former board member of the Nigeria Football Association.