In a significant development, two siblings, Samuel Ogoshi and Samson Ogoshi, have been extradited to the United States to stand trial for their alleged involvement in a far-reaching sexual extortion operation that tragically led to the death of a young American, Jordan DeMay. The extradition process was initiated following a ruling by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court.
This extradition was authorized by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, who signed the final surrender order permitting the transfer of the Ogoshi siblings, aged 22 and 20, to West Michigan, US, to face the charges against them.
The arrest and subsequent extradition of the Ogoshi siblings were a result of a collaborative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The suspects are now under federal custody in Michigan, as confirmed by the US Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Mark Totten.
Expressing satisfaction with the swift execution of the extradition proceedings, Totten conveyed his appreciation for the dedicated work of both the FBI and Nigerian law enforcement agencies in pursuing justice in this international sexual exploitation case. He emphasized the gravity of the crimes and the resolve to ensure justice is served.
The charges against both men were officially brought in May 2023, encompassing four counts related to sexual exploitation, child pornography, and cyberstalking. In a particularly distressing aspect of the case, Samuel Ogoshi was accused of playing a role in the death of 17-year-old Jordan DeMay, who tragically died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March 2022.
The prosecution alleges that Samuel used a compromised social media account to initiate contact with Jordan DeMay, posing as a young woman. After coercing DeMay into sharing a sexually explicit photograph of himself, Samuel allegedly employed threats of public exposure to extort money from him. Despite DeMay complying by paying Ogoshi $300, further demands were made. Tragically, the situation escalated when DeMay expressed thoughts of self-harm, to which Samuel reportedly responded with chilling insensitivity.
Justice Binta Nyako ruled in favor of the extradition, ordering both suspects to be handed over to the United States to face the charges outlined in the indictment. Highlighting the gravity of the crime, Totten conveyed a clear message to those who commit such offenses, assuring that the authorities will relentlessly pursue them across borders. Additionally, he extended a message of support to the victims, affirming the readiness of law enforcement to provide assistance and support to those affected by such crimes.