NAPTIP Group petitions commission for banning Anambra beauty pageant

Human rights group has petitioned NAPTIP for banning the Anambra beauty pageant.

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A group of human rights lawyers, Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, has petitioned (NAPTIP) to look into the sexual exploitation and trafficking of dismissed Miss Anambra 2015, Chidinma Okeke.

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Miss Chidinma Okeke play

Miss Chidinma Okeke

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The request was made following the release of a leaked lesbian sex video involving Okeke and a close friend of hers and personal assistant identified simply as Ada.

The petition dated October 29 and addressed to the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), alleged that the organisers of the pageant were sexually exploiting the young girls who took part in the competition, Sunday Punch reports.

President of the group, Mr. Olu Omotayo, who signed the petition, enjoined NAPTIP to prosecute those behind the alleged sexual exploitation as well as ban the contest.

In the petition which was made available to Sunday Punch correspondent in Enugu, Omotayo expressed regret that the pageant established by a government agency, Anambra State Broadcasting Service, was being used for sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Miss Chidinma Okeke play

Miss Chidinma Okeke

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In part, the petition read:

“Recent happenings which led to the online circulation of nude pictures and video of the said Miss Anambra pageant queen 2015, Miss Chidinma Okeke, have shown that the organisers of the pageant are using the avenue to sexually exploit young innocent girls in the South-East.

“The purpose for which the state government through one of its parastatals, the Anambra State Broadcasting Service, established the pageant competition has been defeated because it can no longer be said that the pageant is promoting morality, culture of the people or empowering the female youths of the zone.

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“We submit that it is part of the functions of your agency to investigate all cases of trafficking in persons, including forced labour, child labour, forced prostitution, exploitative labour, and other forms of exploitations."

The group also noted that banning the beauty contest would prevent any repetition of such cases.

Since the release of the video clips, Miss Okeke, has issued a statement claiming that she was being blackmailed with the aim of tarnishing her image but her argument seems to hold little water.

Daily post reports that a source told Vanguard that Chidinma got into the act for money, in a deal she struck with a chief which had gone wrong.

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