ABUJA, Nigeria — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has announced the arrest of an individual posing as a senator, identified as Ifechukwu Tom Makwe, on charges of internet fraud amounting to €5.7 million (Five Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Euros).
In a statement released on Monday, June 26, 2023, the Commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwajeren, confirmed Makwe’s arrest, which took place in the Guzape area of Abuja.
The arrest was made after the EFCC received credible intelligence regarding Makwe’s involvement in internet-related fraudulent activities.
Uwajeren stated, “It was discovered that the suspect, bearing many aliases (Fahad Makwe, Senator Tompolo, Tom Makwe, Dr. Bran), defrauded a Spaniard of Five Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Euros (€5.7 million).”
Further details reveal that Makwe allegedly posed as an agent of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and as a diplomatic solicitor. Utilizing these fake identities, he was able to deceive and defraud his victim.
“The suspect allegedly started defrauding the victim in 2013 when he first met her on social media,” the EFCC spokesperson added.
The case highlights the persistent issue of internet fraud, and authorities are calling for more awareness and caution among the general public in dealing with individuals and entities online.
The EFCC statement concluded by noting that Makwe would be charged to court once the investigations are finalized.
This case reflects the ongoing efforts of the EFCC to crack down on internet fraud and other financial crimes within Nigeria.