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John Fashanu, Abigail Igwe divorce mess (2) : ‘He’s dubious, fraudulent and ranting like a woman – he brought shame to me everyday’ – Abigail Igwe


ON Monday, April 27, 2015 morning, Abigail Igwe, after being convinced by a mediator, agreed to speak with us.

From the United States of America where she was with her daughter (Adaeze Yobo) who just had a baby, the lawyer painted a picture of bewilderment as she narrated what she went through in the marriage.

For over one hour, from 9:49 am, she answered all the questions, and refuted the allegations hauled at her…

Abigail Igwe

Abigail Igwe

John is a chronic liar

All the things he told you are lies. No media house that wants to survive should listen to John Fashanu.

He’s a chronic liar. He’s a drowning man who is looking for another person to drown with. Is it a man that should be ranting or a woman? He’s the one that is hurt that I kicked him out. Who does not know him?

I was ashamed that I lived with such a man. I didn’t know what to say. People will say were you not told? Is it a secret that he’s like that? I’m not such a loud person. That’s why I quietly closed the chapter.

I kicked him out so many times

I’ve kicked him out so many times. He kept doing a lot of things. It was about fraud initially. He was continually defrauding people. That he had a wife that is a lawyer.

He defrauded many footballers, we saw him on TV. N2 million from them, from poor families.

He threatened them with guns. And they’d be crying.

I kept kicking him out of my house. It was few months after, about a year., That I first kicked him out.

He came to Abuja with only his bags

He came to Abuja without anything. I took him in. He didn’t buy any car for me.

I kicked him out two years ago. He moved into his house, four blocks of flats.

He completed the house while living there. He used their money to build that house, the money of those footballers he defrauded.

He was stalking me, scribbling things on my car

He was drawing things on my car. He was caught when he came at night.

He was stalking me. He would come in the morning, and draw my attention to the damage.

And tell me that I needed his protection. That I couldn’t live alone.

Such a thing has never happened in our estate.

He was caught and he apologized. Two years ago.

I forgave him.

Why l was never Mrs Fashanu

My name is actually Abigail Igwe. He reported me to some people..

He stole my passport,  that I should change my name to Fashanu. That was when l wanted to renew my passport in July 2014.

He was angry.

Within me, the marriage had ended. That was why l was reluctant.

We actually got married

We were at the registry in 2011. We have our certificate. I didn’t change my name. I didn’t find it necessary to change.

We started first of all as business partners. He needed me to find his feet in Abuja.

Later on, he said he never saw a woman like me before. That I was calm, unlike other women.

That he wanted to marry me. He talked to my pastor friends, that he’s in love with me.

We met in 2008. My daughter was still MBGN.

He made me believe that he couldn’t do without me. He was pretending that he liked the way I pray. That I should lead him to Christ.

He said he psychologically killed his brother, Justin

That he was bad  to the extent that he psychologically killed his brother.

That the brother was mean to him. The brother didn’t allow him to shine. That people thought he was Justin. That he needed his brother out of the way. He back bit his brother.

He then told me that during Justin’s burial he stood behind after. They thought he was mourning. But he was laughing, that he felt happier that his brother committed suicide.

That, at last, he can have his way, now shine.

That attack is the best form of defence. I told him that the world is not a football pitch.

I take it that l never married him

I take it like I never married.

It’s a lie. I’ve never been married twice before him. You should have asked him what’s the name of my second husband.

That guy is a manipulator. I’m not a mean person. He presented many characters.

When I kick him out, he calls everybody and beg and harass. He would now come and say it’s the way he was brought up.

He’s chameleon. Everybody knows John Fashanu is a chameleon. I made up my mind, and kicked him out in April 2014. He went to complain to my pastor. He told my pastor that I’d not slept with him for one year. That we should pray.

My pastor said this woman can’t sleep with you because of what you’ve done. That if he did all these things to another woman you’d be killed.

I never lived with him in his house. He was the one who lived with me.

He didn’t pay the rent of N2.5 million

He didn’t pay the rent of N2.5 million. He was chased out from Lagos, and came with his bag. He lied that all the hotels in Abuja were fully booked. And I laughed.

I had a visitor, who told me to allow him. That you should give him your visitor’s room. He started living with me and my children. That was 2009. We had started dating and doing business.

He plotted to marry me

Before I got married, he was targeting marriage. He didn’t have money, he pretended very well.

He told me to assist him. That he’s changing. He was professing so much love.

I never wanted to marry him  until he started pressurizing.

I told him that the relationship was affecting my Christianity. That we should end the relationship. That was when he started going around my pastors. I gave in to his pressure.

I was the one paying the rent

I was the one paying the rent. I gave him food, money and shelter. He didn’t have any money.

From the business, we made money and we paid the rent.

He doesn’t know where I live now.

I have always worked

Is that not funny, that I never worked? How do I take care of my children? They are in school in UK and America. He never added a kobo to their fees or upkeep. He doesn’t take care of his children, not to talk of mine. You already know he’s lying.

I don’t work, but I’ve helped him find his feet. How else would I assist any person?

I got him a N25 million contract

Two years ago, after I noticed how he defrauded footballers, I felt bad. I called him. He’s very violent, and was shouting.

I went to a place, and sought for a job. I wanted money to take the boys abroad. To organise a talent hunt to send the people abroad.

I went to the office of Millennium Development Goals, they gave us a job for N25 million. I used his papers, and they gave us the job in Abuja. I was given N25m to do the job. In the contract, I included that we would send 20 boys to football clubs in Europe.

And buy a car to run around. When the money came (into his account), he didn’t want to do anything.

I pressurized, and he bought the car. That’s the car he’s claiming he bought for me. We used the car to run around.

This man did not send anyone abroad. Even the boys he defrauded, he didn’t. The talent hunt was to help the boys.

I felt bad.

He cheated me out of a property

There’s a land he wanted to build an academy. He tried, and he didn’t succeed. Eventually, he  included my name in the document, and we finally got the land.

We applied for 10, we were given 7 acres.

To my amazement, he changed the document to another company’s. My name was not in the new papers.

All these toiling came to naught.

This happened two years ago. I couldn’t talk. He’s very aggressive. His reply was attack.

He lies and forgets because he’s a chronic liar.

The next day, he had forgotten that l knew he had removed my name.

We were still friends, and business partners, even though we were not married.

He called me that we should plan how to sell the land. That he gave FCDA fake papers.

That there were no foreign partners coming with $10 billion.

That we should sell the land. I told him what’s my business with it?

He said that it was our company. And l asked him, have you forgotten that my name was not on the papers? He said you are my wife, don’t worry.

He’s been looking for who to buy the land (for the Academy).

Using the land to defraud people, that he would make them directors.

That land became a means of exchange.

They gave him right of occupancy.

He went to four churches, that he was looking for directors.

I didn’t know he was coming to my church. He sat next to me in church. He said he had a testimony.

That he got the land, after so much trouble. That the first thing he would build there is a church. He told three churches.

And later told me that he wanted to defraud the pastors.

That he wanted them to bring money.

He was bringing shame to me every day.

I am not a lesbian, he never caught me with anybody

This is ridiculous. He didn’t catch me with anybody. Because he’s going to court, he’s looking for anything.

I had prepared for divorce last year. The lawyer had prepared everything.

I got log of my calls from MTN. He was the one that called me from Colombia.

I caught him with two women. One was our maid.

I caught them in my house. I travelled and came back. He didn’t know.

He swore not to give me divorce. That he would frustrate me.

He’s a serial househelp sex abuser. He slept with his maid in London. He told me that his girlfriend in Lagos accused him of sleeping with the maid.

He was the one that said so.

I caught him with my maid in bed

The first one was in my house red-handed.  I was travelling, and he said he wanted to live in my house. That he would miss me.

I came back, accompanied by my friend. She was driving. I was looking for evidence. I told her that I was getting ready for divorce.

When we came in and opened the door, I caught them naked. The house girl is Igbo, and she ran. I called her came back. I spoke in Igbo. I told her that this man is shit. I cannot go back to him, that she should not worry. When the girl asked if I had forgiven her, I said yes. I said she should go back.

She said the cook had warned her to stop sleeping with John.

How can a man say his wife stole N1 million? He should be ashamed. He used to steal my money. I never asked him.

I told my friend to pick the maid’s trousers and slippers…They were all ashamed. My friend picked the items and ran.

John chased my friend – and in the process, bashed my car. My friend kept running. I needed the evidence to go to court.

He later called my pastor. That he should calm me down. My pastor said I should forget about him. That I should leave him. That the trouble was too much.

He told my pastor that I should not go to court now. That I should allow the separation first. He went to pastor to ask him to beg that I should come back. My pastor can testify.

He did HIV test to show how much he loved me

John said he was ready to do HIV test. He did HIV test to show how much he loved me.

He asked me to take him back.

When he bashed my friend’s car, I told him that I would sue him – and use this evidence.

He now started blackmailing my friend. That she was the one encouraging me to leave him.

He wrote the British High Commission that he no longer supports the visa (he recommended for her).

He wrote another letter withdrawing his earlier letter of recommendation for the visa. When my friend was coming from US, he branched in UK, and they stopped her.  If my friend was bad, would he have helped her get a visa?

This was August last year. She’s a married woman. All this rubbish is because I got involved with a useless man.

It is ridiculous. He’s a frustrated man. He couldn’t get me after all the strategies and machinations.

I am not violent

There was no violence. I’m not a violent person. Everybody knows I’m tolerant and peaceful. If I were violent, John Fashanu couldn’t marry me.

On one occasion, about police inviting me. I kicked him out of my house.

I told him that before I come back from church, I should not meet him. He stole some things. So, I went with my son to his uncompleted house. He took my jewels. My son told him to bring those things.  He tried to fight my 15 year-old son. He brought a sword, and it cut his fingers. My son ran away.

The sword cut his hand. I left. I said I was going to the police. But I went home, instead of going to police.

He now ran to police. And told them that my son injured him.

The police saw my son and laughed. That how could he have come to report his wife and my son?

The police pleaded with me to forget the case. I closed my door against him.

I later forgave him. But I already knew I was not going to be in the marriage.

He went to court because he didn’t want me to bring up the property in Abuja. That he would go and file before me – he doesn’t want me to go first.

Just because of the land.

His friend called, that he’s willing to share the land now (that was in December).

I told the friend that I was not interested in relationship, he can just put my name in the papers.

That he removed my name by mistake, that’s what the pastor was told.

I moved to a new house because he was stalking me

I moved because he was stalking me. He would come around, and park and come as soon as he saw me.

He would come and peep through my window.

I decided to move. So that he could get used to not seeing me.

I sent him a text on December 9. I wanted my peace. That was why I relinquished the land and all…

He sent a picture of himself in his kitchen.  That he had renovated the whole house. That I could now come back.

That he wanted me back ( in January 2015).

He lives in one flat. It is four blocks of flats…

I am yet to see divorce papers

I’ve not been served. He has found out I was not interested. He said he would put me on the defensive.

I wanted to give him a soft landing.

Last year, I was not living with him. I was in the saloon. And he came, and told me about the story of separation that Encomium magazine wanted to publish. That I should cover him.

That a reporter asked about us. That his daughter, Amal is not finding it funny.

To make the daughter feel happy, he said I should see her in London. And I did. To help him.

I can’t go down with him, we have to pray for him.

That I should tell you guys things he dictated to me. To save his face.

I’ve washed my hand. I’ve moved on. My businesses are better.

He said he would be pestering my friends and business partners.

That I must marry him or suffer.

He’s ranting like a woman

He’s talking like a woman, and I’m only refuting his allegations. I don’t want to expose him.

I’ve not told you anything yet, until I get to court.

When I get to court I will unveil more.

How can he say I fought in church? Where? What evidence?

He’s just cooking up things. How could he lie that this is my third marriage or I’m 53. He’s just trying to haul rubbish at me.

I’ve God on my side. He cannot bring me down.

Why I’m talking is because I’m a role model in church. That’s why I am stating this so that they can know what has happened. I’m not fighting him.

 I’m not contesting the divorce

It’s a good thing that he has gone to court. He should even go and finish the case by himself, and bring the certificate.

I’m not contesting anything. He should have informed me about the divorce if he’s a sane man.

What he’s doing is what women do.

Let them finish the divorce, I can only be in court when I’m called. Without that, I don’t need to be in court.

After all, we don’t have children together.

I thought he should have done it quietly. But all the allegations are nonsense.

When he travelled to Colombia, someone called anonymously that his land document was being peddled about by his sister.

One of his tenants called that a woman was going to throw them out in 24 hours. So, I sent him a message. I called a security company, and went there. The tenant that called, we saw the wife.

We saw a woman and another house girl. They threw a bunch of keys at me.

It was at that point police came and picked them to Lugbe Police Station… They got the forged letters.

I called him (Fashanu). He said they should remain there. That he was coming the next day

They were later discharged. And he was saying I should go back, and I said I didn’t want to be part of it.

The girl was shouting, that she was not a maid, but a girlfriend.

The tenant produced the letters, forged. That they should quit in 24 hours.

That John Fashanu was coming the next…

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