Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, Reno Omokri, has berated the Nigerian Correctional Service for organizing a beauty pageant for inmates.
To mark International Women’s Day (IWD) on Tuesday, March 8, the beauty pageant was organized inside the correctional facility, where the female inmates showcased their talents.
The alleged killer of Super TV CEO, Chidinma Ojukwu, participated in the pageant and emerged as the winner of the competition.
Photos of the crowned “Miss Cell 2022” found their way to the internet and generated mixed reactions from Nigerians.
Reacting to this in a lengthy Instagram post, the former presidential aide said that prison is a place of punishment and rehabilitation, but once it becomes a place of fun, then the whole purpose is defeated.
Reno, who opined that the act was insensitive, questioned how the families of the late Usifo Ataga would feel seeing his suspected killer prancing about as a beauty queen in prison.
In his words,
“Prison is a place of punishment and rehabilitation. Once it becomes a place of fun, then the whole purpose is defeated. How would the family of Usifo Ataga feel to see Chidinma prancing about as a beauty queen in prison? That is unacceptable. Heads should roll! And if heads don’t roll, the question we must ask is whether Chidinma has a prison official zaddy who she is making very happy. Because the state of her hair, skin, the clothes she wore and her shoes are better than 99% of females that are free in the world outside prison!
And the media should stop calling her an ‘alleged killer’. She admitted killing Usifo Ataga on camera. Once there is an admission, the charge is no longer alleged. It is proven. What is in doubt are the circumstances. Did she do it while under the influence of fear, or drugs, or something else which we do not as yet know? But that she did it is fact, not allegation.”