The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 29-year old man, Ume Ifechukwu Clinton for allegedly defrauding Axelle Mahieu, an educator working as a caregiver in Brussels, Belgium.
Fake EFCC Operative Arrested
In a statement on Thursday, the EFCC said it arrested Ume on Tuesday for impersonation, computer related fraud, obtaining by false pretence and money laundering.
The anti-graft agency said the suspect was arrested in Lagos following a story published by an online portal, narrating how Clinton impersonated EFCC official to defraud the Belgian woman.
The statement reads, “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested a 29-year old Ume Ifechukwu Clinton for impersonation, computer related fraud, obtaining by false pretence and money laundering.
“Clinton was arrested on October 18, 2022 at No 46 Atoke Gbadebo Street, Isheri, Lagos, by operatives of the EFCC, following a news story published by an online portal: foundation for investigative journalism narrating how Clinton defrauded Axelle Mahieu, an educator working as a caregiver in Brussels, Belgium.
“The victim was surfing through her Facebook page in November 2021, when she saw that someone had sent her a message. The message was from Ume Ifechukwu Clinton, who introduced himself as “a friend of a friend”.
“As they continued chatting in the following days, Clinton told Mahieu that he was an official of the EFCC, with a fake Identity Card and Nigerian Passport as proofs.
“After several months of video calls and gaining Mathieu’s trust, Clinton allegedly proposed a cryptocurrency business to her, assuring her of huge profit and secured capital.
“After convincing the Belgian, Clinton ended up defrauding her of €45,000.
“He will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”
KanyiDaily had also reported how the EFCC operatives arrested one Hassan Babangida Hassan for alleged criminal conspiracy, employment scam and forgery.