Kirikiri prison controller, Ekpendu, redeployed over controversial pageant

Kirikiri prison controller, Ekpendu, redeployed over controversial pageant

Mrs Lizzie Ekpendu, the Controller of Kirikiri Female Prisons in Lagos, has been deployed over a beauty pageant organised at the facility which was won by a murder suspect, Chidinma Ojukwu.

The pageant, tagged “Miss Cell 2022” organised by the correctional facility to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, had generated an uproar, with many wondering how a murder suspect could be given such publicity.

Ojukwu is facing trial over alleged murder of Usifo Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV.

Recall, she was crowned ‘Miss Cell 2022’, on March 8, 2022 at a beauty contest organised by the prison.

Although the prison authorities defended the action, Vanguard learnt that the comptroller of the female prisons, Mrs Ekpendu, was redeployed last week as a result of the matter.

A source, who did not want his name mentioned because he was not officially permitted to speak on the matter, told Vanguard that Mrs Ekpendu was redeployed 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 She has been replaced by another senior female officer.”