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2 Nigerian men plead not guilty for sexual extortion and Michigan teen’s suicide

UPDATE 8/17/2023 5:50 p.m.

U.S. Attorney Mark Totten announced that Samuel and Samson Ogoshi have pleaded not guilty to charges that accused them of sexually extorting numerous young men and teenage boys. Samuel Ogoshi has also pleaded not guilty to the charge alleging that this sexual exploitation resulted in the suicide of Jordan DeMay, a 17-year-old from Marquette.

Totten said that the Ogoshi’s were arraigned on Thursday, and pleaded not guilty after being formally advised of the charges against them.


A detention hearing has been scheduled for August 23.

8/13/2023 8 p.m.

In Marquette, Michigan, U.S. Attorney Mark Totten announced that two men have been extradited to the United States from Nigeria to face prosecution after being indicted in May of this year for sexually extorting numerous young men and teenage boys from the western district of Michigan and across the U.S.

Earlier this year FBI agents from Michigan traveled to Nigeria to conduct an investigation with Nigerian law enforcement officials.


Samuel Ogoshi, 22, and 20-year-old Samson Ogoshi of Lagos, Nigeria, also were charged with causing the death of 17-year-old Jordan Demay of Marquette, who was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in May 2022.

It is expected that the initial appearance will take place Monday afternoon at the federal courthouse in Grand Rapids.

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