Chidinma Ojukwu, lady standing trial for the murder of late Super TV CEO, Osifo Ataga, has been crowned Miss Cell 2022, after emerging winner of the inter-cell pageant for inmates.
Ojukwu partcipated and won the Miss Cell contest that took place at the Kirikiri prisons to commemorate the women’s day celebration.
Chidinma Ojukwu was a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos and is the prime suspect in the ongoing murder case of Usifo Ataga.
It would be recalled that the 300 level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos and one Adedapo Quadri were remanded by the court over alleged conspiracy and murder of Ataga.
News of her pageantry win has attracted criticism reactions from the public.
National Spokesperson, Nigeria Correctional Service, Francis Enobore, confirmed the news explaining the reason behind the beauty pageant.
The spokesman noted that part of the services of the correctional facility is to ensure that inmates are in ‘sound and good spirit.’
Enobore further stated that to ensure that inmates are in a high spirit, the correctional centres engage them in exciting competitions likes; pageantry, cooking competitions among others.
He said, “What happened is that as part of our reformation and rehabilitation programme and to also keep the inmates in a sound and good spirit, we organise a number of social engagement amongst them. Some could be recreational activities, some could be theatre work like entertainment.
“There are a number of programs that we introduced to get the inmates happy and put them in a good frame of mind. First, we ensure that while they are there, they are open to correction, second, we ensure that they are there in good spirit in order to help them kill boredom. There are so many things we do. In line with this, the officer in charge of the Kirikiri correctional facility organised some competitions among the inmates like cooking, tailoring, make-up, among others.
“These are things that will make them happy because our primary responsibility is to keep them safe and sound. That was what happened and she emerged the best in the competition. It is part of what we do. In fact, the person in charge of the Kirikiri female prison has been doing marvellously well.”