John Fashanu, Nigerian Wife In Bitter Divorce And Separation Battle-A protracted divorce encounter between football legend and Nigeria’s special Ambassador on Sports Affairs, John Fashanu and her Nigerian wife 0f four yeras took a new dimension on Saturday when the estranged wife, Abigail called Police to report the legend was harboring an unlicensed gun.
The ex-footballer was questioned by the Nigerian police after they found the unlicensed weapon in his house during a police raid.
According to reports, about twenty officers stormed the soccer star’s 20-room mansion in Abuja, Nigeria, with a search warrant on Saturday.
They seized the gun, believed to be capable of firing up to 30 rounds, as well as “five passports” before taking him to the city’s central station for more questioning.
It is understood the former Wimbledon and England striker made a statement before being released from custody after nearly six hours and he is expected to return to the police on Monday.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mirror, 52-year 0ld Fashanu said it was untrue that he was arrested. He claimed he went to the police station voluntarily.
“I’ll go back tomorrow morning to the police station. I expect to pay a fine.
“It was an old fashioned firearm. I don’t actually know what model it is – it’s like a stub gun.”
John Fashanu and former Abigail Igwe-Onyewelu commence a bitter divorce legal battle on Monday at Nigeria’s High Court, John claimed Abigail had actually called Police in revenge for her impending full separation and an end to their marriage.
Amal Fashanu, John’s 27-year old daughter slammed Abigail calling her a “black widow” who had put a spell on her dad.
Amal claimed her daddy had suffered domestic abuse during a fiery marriage to her step-mother Abigail.
The 27-year-old London-based fashion designer said former Gladiators host Fashanu once turned up at her home with a black eye alleging that the retired England and Wimbledon player was attacked at least six times during his four-year relationship with Abigail – including with a glass and a sword.
Amal, who will be at her 52-year-old father’s side when the high-profile divorce case opens in Nigeria next week, told the Sunday People: “Abigail is the master of subtle manipulation.
“She has been dubbed the black widow back home in Nigeria – and it is spot on. He was enchanted.
“While they were together I went from seeing my dad once a month to once a year. He vanished from his children’s lives.
“When I called to find out how he was and asked him to fly to London to see me, he would just say he couldn’t talk.
“I could sense Abigail was in the background, controlling him.”
London-born striker Fashanu, who played in Wimbledon’s 1988 FA Cup winning “Crazy Gang” side, has a black belt in karate – but seemed “genuinely fearful” of his lawyer wife, Amal said.
She said: “He has always had that tough-guy image but it was as though she brainwashed him.
“I know he suffered domestic abuse. Dad told me she attacked him more than six times, even though he only reported it three times to the police.
“One attack was with a sword. Another was with a glass.
“He also told me she’d fritter away £2,500 ‘play money’ he gave her, then ask for more. He was stupid and senseless but he feels huge regret now and is finally happy and free of her.”
Fashanu, known to fans as “Fash”, was with Amal’s mother, Spanish model Marisol Acuna Duenas, for nine years.
He then married another model, Melissa Kassa-Mapsi. They divorced in 2004 after having two sons, Amir and Akim, and daughter Alana.
Amal said “Our situation has always been unusual. I call us a modern family because from a very early age I have never known Dad to stay with one woman for too long.
“Maybe it is because his parents split when he was young. Maybe it is because women are his weakness. He loves their company – the affection, the touching, the cooking.”
Amal first met Abigail five months after their wedding, at her West London home.
She recalled: “As soon as Dad walked through the door with her I knew something was wrong. He had this big lump under his left eye. It looked bruised, like he had been struck, and there was a scar I could clearly make out.
“I couldn’t see what Dad saw in her. She claims she is 48 but Dad told me she is actually several years older than him. He has stunning women of my age throwing themselves at him, yet he went for her.
“It was only after I heard they were splitting that he told me the truth about his eye. He said she came at him from behind with a glass and cut him after becoming increasingly jealous.
“He told me, ‘She was convinced I had been having an affair. All she can think is that I am sleeping with another woman – and it is not true.’ He would never raise a hand to her though. He is too respectful of women to ever harm them.”
Police reports of complaints by Fashanu include a photo of his cut hand.
Amal insisted her dad has never cheated on Abigail.
And she does not believe claims he had orgies during his marriage.
She said: “I haven’t asked my dad about those rumours, because I honestly don’t want to know. I am traditional and a Catholic.
“Abigail was obviously good fun in the bedroom, because I can’t think what else she had going for her. But I also know that footballers do those things.
“He also doesn’t need to sleep with his maid, as Abigail has claimed. He could sleep with anyone, so what on earth would he do that for? It simply isn’t true.
“He has said Abigail was always around women, though. She has asked him to retract comments that she is a lesbian because she wants to be a pastor.”
Amal also works as a TV presenter and made a documentary about homophobia in football following the suicide of her uncle Justin Fashanu, John’s brother and Britain’s first openly gay player.
News of the Fash divorce rocked Nigeria, where he is a football ambassador, property developer and TV star.
Lawyer Abigail is allegedly asking for £50million.
Abigail, the mother-in-law of Nigerian football star Joseph Yobo, said: “I am not making any comment. I am waiting for the court case to have my say.”
Recently she painted a totally different picture of her husband and their marriage problems.
She told the Sunday People in April that Fashanu’s claims she was violent were “ridiculous”.
Abigail said: “How can I kill him? How can somebody like me kill this huge man who is an expert in karate?”
She also rejected Fashanu’s claim that he threw her out of his house after finding her in bed with another woman.
Abigail said: “He didn’t kick me out of his house. I kicked him out.
“I caught him in bed with two women, the housemaid and one other woman. They were on the bed. They were undressed.”
Responding to claims she stole money from Fashanu, Abigail added: “Anybody can say anything.
“How can I go to his house and steal from him? I wasn’t living there with him.”
She added: “He’s sick and needs help.
“He knows how to manipulate people. I’ve no time for him.
John Fashanu Short profile:
Fashanu, who is 6ft 2in, was born in London to a Guyanan nurse, Pearl, and Nigerian barrister, Patrick.
After they broke up he spent time in a Barnardo’s home and later lived with a foster family in Norfolk.
His football career included spells at Aston Villa and Millwall – and he won the FA cup with Wimbledon’s ‘Crazy Gang’ in 1988 two years after joining the club.
That same year he suffered heartbreak when his brother Justin, Britain’s first openly gay professional footballer, hanged himself in London.
After the suicide, Fashanu expressed regret for disowning Justin because of his homosexuality.
After retiring from football he hosted popular 1990s TV show Gladiators for seven years alongside Ulrika Jonsson.
He was also a contestant in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2003.
Fashanu’s first marriage to Ivory Coast model Melissa Kassa-Mapsi ended in divorce in 2004.
He also lived with Spanish model Marisol Acuna Duenas, Amal’s mother, for nine years before marrying Abigail in 2011.
He regularly carries out charity work and is currently a UN Ambassador for Nigeria, a former Unicef goodwill ambassador for 53 African countries and a former board member of the Nigeria Football Association.