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EFCC Busts Fake Senator Involved In €5.7m Internet Fraud

ByIdris Idowu

Jun 26, 2023

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has apprehended a notorious fraudster masquerading as a senator, identified as Ifechukwu Tom Makwe.

The arrest came as a result of credible intelligence pointing to Makwe’s involvement in a staggering €5.7 million internet fraud scheme.

Announcing the arrest via their official Twitter account, the EFCC revealed that Makwe was apprehended at his residence in the Guzape area of Abuja. Acting swiftly on the tip-off, EFCC agents conducted a successful operation to bring the fraudulent senator to justice.

Upon his arrest, investigators uncovered that the suspect had assumed various aliases over time, including Fahad Makwe, Senator Tompolo, Tom Makwe, and Dr. Bran. Utilizing these false identities, Makwe reportedly carried out an extensive and sophisticated fraudulent operation that targeted unsuspecting individuals online.

One of Makwe’s victims was a Spanish national, from whom he deceitfully obtained €5.7 million. The fraudster allegedly employed tactics such as falsely claiming to be a high-ranking official within the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and a diplomatic solicitor. With these fabricated personas, he was able to successfully defraud the victim, exploiting the trust he had built through online interactions.

Investigations have revealed that Makwe initiated his fraudulent activities as far back as 2013 when he first established contact with the victim on a social media platform. The victim, unaware of Makwe’s true intentions, fell victim to his cunning schemes, resulting in substantial financial losses.

The EFCC has assured the public that due diligence will be exercised during the investigative process to uncover the full extent of Makwe’s criminal network and to ensure that all accomplices are brought to justice. Once the investigation is concluded, the fake senator will be arraigned before a court of law to face charges relating to his alleged internet fraud activities.

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