- Former England international John Fashanu was accused of land scam
- The former Aston Villa striker was locked up in a Nigerian cell
- The Nigerian police confirmed that he was locked up from July 17-19
Former England striker of Nigerian descent John Fashanu, also known as Fash was reportedly locked up in a Nigerian cell after being accused of land scam.
NAIJ.com gathered that the 54-year-old was arrested at his home on the Sun City Estate in Abuja and taken in on suspicion of 'criminal conspiracy', according to a police officer.
The officer also claimed that the former Aston Villa forward was acting for a friend who was interested in buying land, and was given a sum of £23,000 to purchase the land.
The friend reportedly told him about two men who will help him purchase 'forgotten land', but he discovered later that the land was not for sale.
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NAIJ.com understands that Fashanu denied wrongdoing but had agreed to pay the money back.
Report says that the Nigerian police are in search for the other two men who are said to be involved in the land scam.
Nigerian police Deputy Inspector General 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."
Fashanu, born to a Nigerian father, made two appearances for the England national team.
NAIJ.com understands that he is currently an English television presenter.
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