Ex Footballer John Fashanu is a tight spot.
A 20 man police raid on his Abuja mansion has uncovered an unlicensed gun
Here are the details
The footballer is preparing to fight a bitter divorce case against
his estranged wife Abigail in Nigeria, and claims she called the police.
John Fashanu has been questioned by police after they found an unlicensed weapon in his house during a police raid.
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 to be questioned.
It is understood the former Wimbledon and England striker made a
statement before being released from custody after nearly six hours.
He is now due to return there by Monday.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mirror, Fashanu, 52, said: “I was not arrested – I 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.”
Fashanu, who is preparing to fight a bitter divorce case against his
estranged wife Abigail at Nigeria’s High Court, claimed she called in
cops in revenge for him ending their marriage.
He added: “She is trying to do anything to get back at me. They
raided my house after she filed a petition with the police. She needs to
“The gun should have been licensed. I made a mistake and I hold my hands up to that.
“I have the five passports because they belong to young footballers from my academy. It’s no problem.”
Police agreed to release Fashanu after detaining his 2014 edition black land cruiser jeep as surety.
It is understood police raided Fashanu’s home after his estranged
wife Abigail filed a statement accusing him of having an illegal firearm
and a number of young footballers from his academy also filed
complaints accusing him of stealing their money.