Chidinma, Miss Cell Beauty Queen: Comptroller Ekpendu Emerges as First Casualty


Redeployed to Alagbon

Comptroller of Kirikiri Correctional Centre, Mrs Lizzie Ekpendu, has emerged as the first casualty of the much publicized Prison Beauty Pageant in which alleged murderer of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, Chidinma Ojukwu, was crowned winner of Miss Cell, 2022.

Mrs Ekpendu has been reployed from the facility following the uproar generated over the incident organised by the prison authorities to commemorate the International Women’s Day.

The pageant generated a mixed grill of reactions from Nigerians across the country. While some are of the view that it was inappropriate and insensitive for a suspect facing a murder trial to be so engaged, others believe that the prison authority reserved the right to conduct the pageant of all inmates, a position which the prison authorities appeared to have taken while defending the action.


The prison authority explained that it reserved the right to conduct the pageant of all inmates. However, the defense appears not to have convinced authorities under which prison affairs reside hence Mrs Ekpendu, the arrow head of the pageant, was redeployed last week to the Lagos Command Headquarters, Alagbon, Ikoyi.

“I can confirm to you that Mrs Ekpendu, the Comptroller of Kirikiri Female Prison has been redeployed to the Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikoyi. She has been replaced by another senior female officer.”Chidinma: Prison Comptroller, Ekpendu, redeployed over beauty pageant

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