Three Nigerian men, Samuel Ogoshi, Samson Ogochi, and Ezekiel Ejehem Robert, have been accused of Sextortion. They engaged in sexually extorting several young men and teenage boys .
This happened in the Western District of Michigan and other parts of the United States. The trio is facing extradition to the US, where they have been indicted and charged for their crimes.
Global Sexual Extortion Ring
The indictment against the three Nigerians was unsealed on May 3, 2023, and revealed that the trio was part of a global sexual extortion ring.
As if not enough, they are accused of using social media platforms to target and manipulate young men and teenage boys into performing sexual acts, which they recorded and then used to extort their victims for money.
Jordan DeMay’s Tragic Death
One of the accused individuals is also charged with causing the death of Jordan DeMay, a young man from Marquette, Michigan. On March 25, 2022, 17-year-old DeMay was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
As a result,his death prompted an investigation by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which led to the indictment unsealed on May 3, 2023.
Sextortion: A Horrible Crime
Sextortion is a horrible crime that can leave younger victims feeling ashamed and with nowhere to turn. Mark Totten, the US Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, expressed his sympathy for the family of Jordan DeMay.
He stated “nothing can bring Jordan back, but my office is committed to securing justice and sending an urgent warning so others can protect themselves and their families.”
FBI’s Efforts to Combat Sextortion
James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan, emphasized the FBI’s commitment to working with domestic and international law enforcement partners to prevent youth from becoming victims of this tragic crime.
He said, “financial sextortion is a global crisis that impacts teens in our country and around the globe.”
International Cooperation is Critical
In addition, Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria, stressed the importance of international cooperation in combatting crimes like sextortion.
He noted that “In the last two years, this coordination has strengthened efforts connected with the extradition, deportation, and mutual legal or other assistance between Nigeria and the United States involving Economic and Financial Crimes.”
In summation of the case of Samuel Ogoshi, Samson Ogochi, and Ezekiel Ejehem Robert highlights the dangers of sextortion and the need for global cooperation to combat this crime. The tragedy of Jordan DeMay’s death serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of this type of exploitation.
The FBI and international law enforcement agencies remain committed to preventing young people from becoming victims of sextortion and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.
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