Fashanu in messy divorce with Yobo’s mother-in-law
His face is well-known across the globe right from his famous footballing days and his foray in the entertainment world as a TV presenter. John Fashanu, 52, never left the news or the TV screen, he is currently a presenter in the Nigerian version of Deal Or No Deal. And he is also embroiled in a messy divorce case with his wife, Abigail Igwe, Adaeze Yobo’s mother. Fash and Abigail had met in 2009 and they married in 2011 but their marriage fell apart last year.
Fahanu is claiming Abigail attacked him with a knife, abused him and even stole from him. He said he has thrown her out of his house. But Abigail, 48, a socialite and a lawyer said that he couldn’t have thrown her out of her own house because he was living with her. And she also said part of the reason she no longer wanted anything to do with him was because she caught him engaged in a threesome with other women – a friend and her house-help. Well, read their own side of the story below. It is an earful.
Here is Fashanu’s exclusive interview with Sunday People:
John said of Abigail: “She attempted to use knives on me. It was terrifying. My life was at stake, there’s no two ways about that.
“Even if you did think I was sleeping with the maid, or even if you thought I was sleeping with Miss Nigeria, don’t kill me! Just leave me and go. The violence was just too much.”
He added: “My life was at risk and I didn’t want it to happen again. That’s why I filed for divorce.”
He denied his wife’s claim to have discovered him in bed with two other women – one of them their maid.
“I’ve been very fortunate to date some of the most beautiful women in the world,” Fash insisted. “I certainly don’t have to sleep with my cleaner! This is me, John Fashanu, you’re talking to. It’s absolute nonsense. If she wants to make up that story, at least let her say it’s Beyoncé or someone.
“Don’t say it’s my cleaner, that’s just b******t. It’s not true at all. The truth is she’s been cheating on me with a woman she calls her spiritual partner.
“I caught them in the bed many times. That was why I kicked her out of my house.”
He said he was the one who filed for divorce. “I’m the one who is filing for divorce. I couldn’t stand her and, to be honest, she probably couldn’t stand me. With Abigail it was just money, money, money.
“I’ve never seen a woman who has such an appetite for money. Nearly one million Nigerian naira (around £3,300) was stolen from my house in Abuja. There are police reports you can see.
“There were so many assaults; it was just getting too much. It was absolutely ridiculous. She attacked me on multiple occasions. The whole situation was far too hot for me. There are some wonderful, wonderful women. It’s just that I met the wrong one.”
Then he added: “I filed the divorce petition in September and it’s listed for mention on the 19th of next month at the court in Abuja. We’re trying to move it through.”
And here is Abigail’s account:
The mother of four said: “John’s saying I tried to kill him? Oh my God, this is so funny. I don’t quite understand all this.
“How can I kill him? How can somebody like me kill this huge man who is an expert in karate? I don’t understand how I can kill him.”
Told that he had accused her of going to his house armed with knives before trying to attack him, Abigail retorted: “Oh my God, that is ridiculous.”
She also rejected Fashanu’s claim that he threw her out of his house after finding her in bed with another woman.
She said: “He didn’t kick me out of his house. We were living in my house. He couldn’t have kicked me out of my own house – I kicked him out.”
Then about the woman involved in the threesome (not the house-help): “She is a good friend to me. She has a husband and children. It is ridiculous. She was living with me for a while to get back on her feet.”
Abigail went on: “I caught him in bed with two women, the housemaid and one other woman. There were two women, it was awful. They were on the bed. They were undressed. I said to them, ‘Who are you and what’s going on here?’
“He told me that he doesn’t know what he’s doing and I should pray for him. He knows how to manipulate people, that’s one thing he is good at.
“I last saw him in April last year. I didn’t know he’d filed for divorce. He has been calling people asking them to plead with me to get back with him.
“I would have filed for divorce myself but I haven’t because I’ve been very busy. And he asked me not to because he did not want to make it known that we had separated.
“So I went on my way and I left him but I didn’t tell anybody anything.
“I’ve told him, ‘I don’t want you any more, I have forgiven you, I’m a Christian. But I don’t want you any more, just leave me alone.’
“I don’t take him seriously. I don’t have time for him. If I should be angry at anyone, I should be angry at myself for descending so low as to enter into marriage with such a person.”
Responding to claims she stole money from Fashanu, Abigail added: “Anybody can say anything – but how can I go to his house and steal from him in his house?
“I wasn’t living there with him. He’s sick and he needs help.”
Abigail claims he has fathered six children by three different women.
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April 26, 2015 at 6:27 pm
this is serious o,5 years later,they cant stand each other..beht how can she come at you with knives and u just stand de look her,wch kind story b dat.
April 26, 2015 at 8:36 pm
Cock and bull story! They’ve both sucked each other dry and looking for a way out. Wondering what example they are laying for Yobo and wife. Awon agbaya meji! Mtchew.
April 27, 2015 at 7:35 am
Nollywood don get new story to turn to film
May 19, 2015 at 11:33 am