MORE MESSY DETAILS EMERGE ON FAILED MARRIAGE BETWEEN JOHN FASHANU & JOSEPH YOBO’S MOTHER IN LAW … Estranged Couple Wash Dirty Linen In Public
Ex soccer star, John Fashanu’s marriage to Abigail Igwe, mother of ex beauty queen and wife of former Super Eagle’s captain, Joseph Yobo, Adaeze, has hit the rocks. Now, the erstwhile couple is washing their dirty linen in public, accusing each other of infidelity, lesbianism, stealing and threat to life.
Already, they are in court to severe all ties. UK Mirror which broke the story reports that “John Fashanu accused his wife of trying to kill him – after she allegedly found him bedding two women at the same time. The retired former Wimbledon and England striker said estranged Abigail Onyekwelu went for him with a knife during a furious row at their home. Fashanu, also a former Gladiators host, is now at the centre of a bitter divorce battle with Abigail and insists she cheated on him with a woman. She denies his claims and the astonishing battle which includes the accusation that he bedded their maid is to be played out in the high court in Abuja, Nigeria”.
Furious Abigail, 48, took to the social media to further blast his once heartrob: “Good riddance to bad rubbish! I’ve left him and washed my hands.” But Fashanu, 52 – dubbed Fash the Bash for his hardman reputation in Wimbledon’s famous “Crazy Gang” – hit back with an extraordinary series of allegations. He said he had to call in police to protect him from knife-wielding Abigail and was devastated to find her in bed with another woman. He also alleged that she stole thousands of pounds in cash from their marital home”.
Fashanu also spoke to the Sunday People. The star – who now presents the Nigerian version of TV’s Deal or No Deal – said; “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,” dark and handsome 6ft 2in Fashanu 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 bullshit. 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.” Abigail, mother of former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, Adaeze Yobo, met Fashanu in 2009 and they got married in 2011. The union lasted for just two years as evidences of breakup had become noticeable since last year. Father of five children, Fashanu claimed police are now investigating an attack on him. He also alleged that officers are trying to retrieve missing cash from Abigail. He said: “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.”
But Abigail, a qualified lawyer and mother-in-law to former Nigerian football captain, Joseph Yobo, gave a totally different version of the marriage breakdown. The fair and petite mother of four said: “John is 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 can I kill him? 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. Abigail 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.”
Of the woman concerned, she insisted: “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 said: “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.”
Fashanu was born in London to a Guyanan nurse, Pearl, and Nigerian barrister, Patrick. But after his parents separated, he had a spell in a Barnado’s home and was fostered in Norfolk. His first marriage, to Ivory Coast model, Melissa Kassa-Mapsi, also ended in divorce in 2004 before he met Abigail in 2009. Impeccable sources hinted that John Fashanu, “filed the divorce petition in September and it’s listed for mention on the 19th of next month in an Abuja Court”. YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine put a call across to the media aide of the erstwhile couple’s son in law, Joseph Yobo (Abiola Aloba), on Monday, April 27, 2015 and he hit hard at them: “Let them continue with their childish display. Although, I spoke with her last night and the only thing she told me was what she said in this story. She said she is going to call me, so I’m expecting her call. There is so much to this scandal. The two of them are (alleged) 419, so it’s good for them. You have not even seen anything about them. They had wanted to use themselves for a purpose before to gain advantage and it didn’t work out. Their secrets were unraveled. I’m even glad that I didn’t break the story, although I had known some things about this issue before, but one thing everybody must know is that, if you do your research very well on John Fashanu, you will know he is a 419ier, a chronic and international one at that.
“In fact, he has cases on his head on how he and some people swindled so many people and that is where everyone needs to put their searchlight. Is it possible for John Fashanu to even say the truth when he already has a background of being untruthful and being very funny? He claimed so many things in this story; like having properties all over the country and all that. Where are the properties? Let us verify all those things. Then, the woman herself, she had made a lot of claims, let us verify. Anyway, we are still waiting for more, let’s keep our fingers crossed and watch as the drama unfolds”. It would be recalled that our Publisher, Azuh Arinze, then Editor of Encomium, first broke the story of their romance after bumping into both of them at General Ibrahim Babangida’s home in Minna, Niger State. The woman initially denied it and even threatened legal action until both of them couldn’t hide it anymore and ultimately got married. Interestingly, this is not the first time that both of them are immersing themselves in monumental scandals. John, alleged to be a serial womanizer, has married before and divorced. He also has children from different women, including one Dolapo, with whom he lived then inside Oniru Estate, Lagos. She bore him two children. He’s equally been romantically linked to so many others. For Abigail, she too has been married and divorced. YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine was reliably informed that she walked out on her first husband, Ikechukwu Igwe and the father of her four children when the man fell on bad times. And that explains why Adaeze and Joseph Yobo still haven’t done their traditional marriage (Igba Nkwu) which is sacrosanct in the Igbo tradition. We had also broken the story exclusively then – following complaints by the people of Iru-Owelle, Awka Etiti, Idemili local government area of Anambra State. Adaeze’s father is the grand son of the late GMO boss, Chief J.O Igwe (Ide Awka-Etiti). He used to be one of the richest businessmen in his time and the owner of Goddian Shoes. Late Oliver de Coque and Stephen Osadebe documented his praise in some of their albums. He was also a member of the popular People’s Club of Nigeria, then an elitist club in the country. Ikechukwu and Abigail had four children, 2 boys and two girls, before they went their separate ways.
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