The mother of a Michigan teen who killed himself last year after being blackmailed by Nigerian brothers who threatened to expose his nude photos has told DailyMail.com she is ‘grateful’ two of the men have been brought to the US to face charges – but that it will not bring her son back.
Jordan Demay, 17, shot himself six hours after his first contact with Samuel Ogoshi, 22, and his younger brother Samson Ogoshi, 20, of Lagos.
A third blackmailer, Ezekial Ejemeh Robert, was arrested separately and is still awaiting extradition from Nigeria.
They, along with others in their sextortion ring, hacked the Instagram of a young girl and duped Jordan into sending them explicit images, then demanded $1,000 from him to keep quiet.
The panicked high school student took his own life instead.
Jordan Demay, 17, shot himself last March six hours after receiving his first message from the blackmailers via Instagram
Jordan’s mother Jennifer tells DailyMail.com she is eager for justice, but that no prison sentence will ever absolve the loss of her beloved son
The Ogoshi brothers are now in the US after being extradited by Nigerian officials at the request of the DoJ.
They are due in court in Grand Rapids on Thursday afternoon to facing life in prison on a range of federal changes.
In an interview with DailyMail.com, Jordan’s mother Jennifer said she was ‘grateful’ to the DoJ and FBI for bringing them back to the US.
‘I am grateful… but it won’t bring Jordan back. There is also a mother in Nigeria who just lost her two sons and I feel for her because I know what she is going through now.
‘I know what it’s like to lose a son,’ she said.
Jordan was a high school senior, part-time McDonald’s worker and popular, ‘goofy’ athlete.
He was planning to attend college in the fall of 2022, and was splitting his time between his parents’ two homes.
On March 25, 2022, the pair hacked the Instagram account of a young girl who went by the Instagram name dani.robertts.
Samuel Ogoshi, 22, and his younger brother Samson Ogoshi, 20, of Lagos, were extradited to Michigan last week. They will go before a judge on Thursday charged with four felonies that carry up to life in prison
They demanded sexually explicit images from Jordan in direct messages, then threatened him.
‘I have screenshot all ur followers and tags can send this nudes to everyone and also send your nudes to your Family and friends Until it goes viral,’ their misspelled threat read.
Ezekial Ejemeh Robert is awaiting extradition
‘All you’ve to do is to cooperate with me and I won’t expose you. Are you gonna cooperate with me. Just pay me rn”’ they pushed.
Jordan, terrified that the photos would be released, asked: ‘How much.’
The extorters demanded $1,000.
He paid them $300 in the hope it would be enough to cool their demands.
Two hours later, they revived their harassment.
‘Goodbye. Enjoy your miserable life,’ they said.
Jordan, seeing no other way out, sent a final message.
‘I’m kms rn” [“I’m kill myself right now”]. Bc of you” [“Because of you”]’ he said.
The heartless blackmailers snapped back: ‘Good. Do that fast. Or I’ll make you do it. I swear to God.’
He was found dead from a single gunshot wound in his father’s home less than an hour later.
Jordan was one of 100 victims targeted by the extortion ring, according to federal prosecutors.
It’s unclear if any of their other victims have taken their own lives, but Jordan’s mother has spoken with other parents online whose children have died after receiving similar threats.
‘If your child has access to the internet, this can happen to them. I just want [the extorers] to be held accountable.
‘The very fact that they are in custody right now is saving lives,’ she said.
The blackmailers posed as a young girl to solicit explicit photos from Jordan. They then demanded $1,000 from him. He offered $300, then shot himself when they said it wasn’t enough
At their first court appearance in Grand Rapids yesterday, the Ogoshi brothers made no attempt to show remorse.
‘They didn’t even look our way. I read that one of them was shaking, but we’ve had no contact with them,’ Jordan’s mother Jennifer revealed.
The pair, who are being represented by a public defender, have been charged with four felonies; sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor resulting in death, conspiracy to sexually exploit minors, conspiracy to distribute child pornography and conspiracy to commit stalking.
The most serious charge – sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a minor resulting in death – carries a minimum of 30 years in prison and a maximum of life.
Jennifer said she has not yet thought about what kind of sentence she is hoping for.
‘This all happened so quickly… I just want them to be held accountable for what they did,’ she said.
She is still grieving the loss of her son, a ‘great’ brother and friend who was ‘always’ listening to rap and hip hop through his AirPods.
The Ogoshi brothers will return to court on Thursday. They have not yet entered a plea.
Robert, the third blackmailer, is due to be extorted soon.