Siblings Extradited to US for Child Exploitation and Sexual Extortion

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By Daniel Edu

The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has successfully facilitated the extradition of Samuel Ogoshi and his brother, Samson, to the United States to face prosecution for child exploitation and sexual extortion offenses. The charges stem from their alleged involvement in sexually extorting young men and teenage boys in the Western District of Michigan and across the US.

The EFCC initiated the extradition proceedings at the Federal High Court in Abuja against the Ogoshi siblings and Ezekiel Robert. This action followed a request from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the suspects were handed over to the FBI on Sunday.

The Ogoshis and Ezekiel were indicted by a US Federal Court on various charges, including exploitation of minors leading to death, conspiracy to sexually exploit minors by coercing them into producing child pornography, and using the images for blackmail. They were also charged with conspiracy to distribute child pornography and conspiracy to commit stalking via the internet. These offenses carry potential sentences of five to 20 years in prison.

Samuel Ogoshi specifically faced accusations related to the death of a 17-year-old named Jordan DeMay in Michigan. The victim allegedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March 2022, and Samuel was charged with contributing to this tragedy.

According to investigations, the suspects engaged in sex-based extortion of minors and adults in the US. They reportedly hacked social media accounts and posed as attractive young women to entice victims into sending sexually explicit photos. These images were subsequently used to blackmail victims, forcing them to make substantial financial payments.

The arrests of the Ogoshi siblings took place in February 2023 in Lagos, while Ezekiel was apprehended in Nasarawa State by EFCC operatives. The extradition process for the third defendant, Robert, is still pending.

These actions highlight the global efforts to combat online exploitation and cybercrimes involving vulnerable individuals, particularly minors.

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