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Siblings Extradited to the U.S. for Alleged Child Exploitation and Sextortion

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has successfully facilitated the extradition of Samuel Ogoshi and his brother, Samson, to the United States to undergo prosecution on charges related to child exploitation and sex extortion.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the EFCC, made this announcement in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja.

According to Uwujaren, the siblings are accused of engaging in sexual extortion involving multiple young men and teenage boys across the United States, particularly in the Western District of Michigan. The extradition process was initiated by the EFCC back in May, with proceedings taking place at the Federal High Court in the Abuja Judicial Division. Ezekiel Ejemeh Robert is also being pursued in these proceedings alongside the Ogoshi brothers.

Uwujaren clarified that the extradition request was prompted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) following allegations of the suspects’ involvement in exploiting minors and producing pornographic material.

He elaborated, “The Ogoshi brothers and Ezekiel were indicted in a U.S. Federal Court on December 1, 2022. They face charges related to the exploitation of minors resulting in death, as well as conspiracy to sexually exploit minors by coercing them into producing explicit images, which the defendants subsequently use for blackmail.”

“The charges further include conspiracy to distribute child pornography, encompassing the dissemination of images to minors, their families, and acquaintances, along with conspiracy to commit internet-based stalking,” he added.

Uwujaren outlined the penalties associated with these offenses, stating, “These offenses carry a prison sentence ranging from a minimum of five years to a maximum of 20 years.”

Samuel, in particular, has been charged with being responsible for the death of 17-year-old Jordan DeMay from Marquette, Michigan. Jordan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March 2022.

“Based on investigations, the suspects are alleged to have conspired to engage in sex-related extortion involving minors and adults in the United States. They reportedly gained unauthorized access to various social media accounts, assuming false identities as young, attractive women to lure unsuspecting victims into sharing sexually explicit photographs.”

“These images were subsequently exploited to extort the victims, compelling them to make substantial financial payments,” Uwujaren explained.

The arrests of the Ogoshi brothers took place in February 2023 within the Ojo region of Lagos. In a separate operation, Ezekiel was apprehended in Nasarawa by EFCC operatives.

“Efforts to extradite the third defendant, Robert, are still underway,” Uwujaren concluded.

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