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Nigerian Beauty Queen, Ugwu Joy Falls From Throne To Kirikiri Prisons

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The reigning Miss Asaigbo 2016, Nigerian beauty queen, Ugwu Joy, is now in prison after she was remanded by a Magistrate court sitting in Lagos state over alleged involvement in a total of N7.5million fraud.

Nigerian beauty queen, Joy now an inmate at the Kirikiri prisons in Lagos state was revealed to be an alleged serial scammer according to the investigations conducted by police . Miss Asaigbo 2016 was reported to have defrauded innocent and unsuspecting fellow Nigerians through a visa racket and ponzi scheme (MMM) but landed in prison after police operatives apprehended her following series of complaints from some of her alleged victims.

SunNewsOnline earlier reports that the beauty queen of a pageant involving the core five (5) South East states was seen as a symbol of the Igbo nation prior to her arrest.

Ugwu Joy, student of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, Accounting student, was revealed to have set up a foundation (NGO) to care for the vulnerable and needy kids after the death of her parents at a tender age.

Miss Asaigbo 2016, speaking earlier prior to her arrest during an interview had reported that she is the last child in the family of three (3). Joy, true daughter of Eha-Amufu in Isi-uzo LGA of Enugu State, revealed: “I had lots of things that motivated me to go for the Miss Asaigbo pageant. First, to me, pageants are fun, sparkles, glitter and shine, also to gain more self confidence, make new friends and enjoy the prestige of wearing the crown in my community.

“But most importantly, my motivation comes from using the platform to gain more awareness for my foundation, Feed the Poor and Orphan Initiative. Knowing firsthand how it feels growing up without parents, the passion for that kept me motivated and strong throughout the competition.

“My role model was my mum, though I was three (3) years-old when death snatched her away from me. The little memory and the stories I heard of her still make me smile when I remember them. She was a strong woman and made sure we didn’t go hungry, or stop schooling when we lost our Dad, she’s and will always be my role model.

“Many pageant winners are focused on the girl child programmes already, my main focus now is not just the girl child, but every homeless, helpless and hungry kid on the street. They need to be shown love and I hope to be the gap between them and the rich that want to help, but don’t know how to go about it.”
Joy Ugwu who visited the Enugu prisons before her arrest celebrated her birthday with inmates adding that most of them were forced into the life of crime.

She reported: “On my birthday, I visited the prisons with the goodies I got for them. Then, the warden officer gave me a tour and while he was at it, two boys were brought in and everyone started laughing and I asked why? He explained that the boys were released just two days before, but were back, because all their friends and the love they could get were in the prison yard, as they had no one to show them love in the outside world when they were released. So, they had to commit another crime in order to be brought back into prison. When I heard that, I froze. Imagine what love could prevent in our society? Crimes and hate will be reduced drastically if together we can make the world a better place.”

“The story of my life is enough inspiration to all who are looking up to me, I lost my parents at age three (3), I didn’t blame God or blame anyone… I folded my sleeves, worked very hard to get educated and prayed to God without ceasing. If I could be something today, anyone can be whoever they want to be… only God and yourself can.”

One of the victims of the Miss Asaigbo 2016 whom she had fleeced of his hard earned money, Mr. Jonathan, was reported to have been defrauded of N1,000,000 while another person, Oby, was defrauded of N2,000,000.

Mr. Jonathan whose visa request in care of Joy fell apart lamented: “The girl duped me N1,000,000 and the evidence is there to reveal the truth. I didn’t have much to say, because she reported she wanted the matter to be taken to the court of law.

“What baffled me was the way she took the matter. It was quite obvious that she defrauded me. All she needed to do was to surrender and settle for peace to reign. I don’t understand why she decided to go to court; I heard the comments she made in the police station.

“The money is just N1,000,000 and she behaved as if it was dollars. All I planned was to recover my money in a very simple way.”

A close relation of the Miss Asaigbo 2016, Bethel Chikezie said: “The case is not just a thing of today. The allegation was based on ponzi scheme (MMM). I don’t know if the victim who reported her has any personal issue with her. Maybe the victim does not like her.

The ponzi scheme popularly called MMM is not a recognised business/investment in Nigeria, even the government warned severally when people were putting money into it. The problem now is that they asked her to refund the money they invested, but she is saying no, because she did no wrong. Everybody did this ponzi scheme called MMM, her own case could not be different.”

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