Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the extradition of two siblings Samuel and Samson Ogoshi, to the United States to face trial for allegedly running a global sexual extortion operation, leading to the death of a teenage US citizen, Jordan DeMay.
Following the order, the Solicitor-General of the Federation signed the final surrender order authorizing the US to bring the Ogoshi, who are 22 and 20 years old, to West Michigan, US.
The US Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Mark Totten, said in a press release on Sunday that the arrest of the Ogoshi’s followed a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to the statement, the suspects are now in federal custody in Michigan.
“I am extremely pleased with how swiftly extradition efforts moved forward and I am grateful to the FBI and our Nigerian law enforcement partners for their unyielding work to secure justice in this international sexual exploitation investigation,” Totten said in a release published on the website of the US attorney’s office.
Samuel was also charged with causing the death of 17-year-old Jordan DeMay of Marquette, Michigan, who was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March 2022.
According to prosecutors, Samuel used a hacked social media account to make contact with DeMay while pretending to be a young woman. After persuading DeMay to provide a sexually explicit photo of himself, he allegedly threatened to release the image unless DeMay paid him publicly.
“DeMay paid Ogoshi $300, but Ogoshi demanded more,” authorities said, and that after DeMay wrote that he was going to kill himself, Samuel allegedly responded, “Do that fast, or I’ll make you do it,” Totten said.
Justice Nyako ordered both suspects to be turned over to the United States to face the charges in the indictment.
“Sextortion is a horrible crime,” said Totten, who added, “To those who commit these crimes, we will pursue you around the world. And to victims, please know we stand ready to help you.”