The Nigerian government has recently extradited two siblings, Samuel Ogoshi and his brother Samson, to the United States of America (USA) on charges of allegedly engaging in sexual extortion of young men and teenage boys in the State of Michigan and throughout the country.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), confirming the extradition of the brothers, disclosed that the process was initiated at the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, in May 2023. This legal action was taken against the Ogoshi brothers and Ezekiel Ejemeh Robert after they were apprehended for their involvement in the exploitation of minors and the production of pornography.
The extradition proceedings were carried out in response to a request from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Ogoshi siblings were arrested in February 2023 in the vicinity of the Ojo area of Lagos, while Ezekiel was taken into custody in Nasarawa by the EFCC operatives.
The Ogoshi brothers and Ezekiel were indicted in a US Federal Court on December 1, 2022, facing charges related to the exploitation of minors that led to fatalities. The indictment includes allegations of conspiring to sexually exploit minors by coercing them into creating explicit images that the defendants later utilized for blackmail purposes.
Additional charges involve conspiracy to distribute child pornography, encompassing the act of sharing images with minors, their families, and acquaintances, as well as plotting to engage in online stalking.
One of the specific charges pertains to Samuel Ogoshi, who has been accused of contributing to the death of 17-year-old Jordan DeMay from Marquette, Michigan. Tragically, DeMay died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March 2022.
The modus operandi of the trio reportedly involved hacking into social media accounts and assuming the identities of young, attractive women to lure unsuspecting victims into sending sexually explicit photographs. These images were subsequently exploited to coerce the victims into making substantial financial payments under the threat of exposure. If convicted, these offenses could lead to sentences ranging from a minimum of five years to a maximum of 20 years in prison.