Former England football star, John Fashanu was reportedly locked up for two days in an Abuja prison over involvement in a land related scam.
The former Wimbledon and England star spent two days locked up with 200 other inmates as police investigated claims he acted as a fixer in a scam to sell plots that were not for sale.
According to Global Excellence Online, the 54-year-old retired footballer was arrested at his home on the Sun City Estate, in Abuja, and taken in on suspicion of “criminal conspiracy”, detectives said.
He allegedly pocketed £23,000 after acting for a friend who was looking to buy land. Fashanu has reportedly agreed to pay back the money but has denied any wrongdoing.
A source close to the ex-footballer said: “This is a business deal between friends that has gone south and the police were asked to basically mediate.
“It will all be sorted very quickly. It was just a business deal.”
It is understood Fashanu was released after surrendering his British passport and agreeing to pay back a first installment of the money.
Sources said he looked to sell some of his cars to raise the cash as he waited for funds from his numerous business interests to clear in his bank account.
His Nigerian barrister, Hyp Egbune, confirmed he had this week paid a second instalment of the money owed.
He said: “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.”
Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of operation, Hyacinth Dagala, said: “John Fashanu was arrested on July 17 in connection with an allegation of criminal conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N9,550,000 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.”
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