Favour Ashe, the accomplished Nigerian sprinter and bronze medalist at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, has been arrested in Auburn, Alabama, on charges of credit card fraud and property theft.
The Auburn Police released a statement revealing that Ashe’s arrest on February 6 followed a report from a victim who had items stolen from a purse near the 100 block of West Magnolia Avenue. Among the stolen items was a credit card, leading the victim to discover unauthorized charges on the card.
Ashe voluntarily turned himself in after being identified as a suspect during the investigation. Arrest warrants were subsequently obtained after further scrutiny. The 21-year-old athlete now faces four counts of fraudulent use of a debit/credit card and two counts of theft of property third degree.
Auburn Police transported Ashe to the Lee County Jail, where he is currently held on a $9,000 bond. It is important to note that Ashe, like any accused individual, is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Favour Ashe was part of the quartet that secured a bronze medal for Nigeria in the men’s 4×400 meters relay at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. In 2022, he also achieved the title of the national 100-meter champion. After starting his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee in 2022, Ashe transferred to Auburn University, Alabama, at the conclusion of the season.
This incident marks another unfortunate instance involving Nigerian athletes and legal issues in the United States. In 2022, Emmanuel Ineh and Toluwani Adebakin, both Nigerian athletes, were convicted in the southern district of Mississippi for their involvement in a complex fraud scheme. The scheme included the illicit transfer of funds to fraudsters in Nigeria, with students from multiple higher learning institutions in the United States implicated.