With a few weeks left for the finals of the much publicised Miss Tourism Nigeria Beauty Pageant, one of its contestants, Maureen Onu, has been reported dead in what can only be described as mysterious circumstances as she only complained of slight pains before giving up the ghost.

According to the organizers of the pageant, The Miss Tourism Nigeria Organization, the  20-year-old Onu, who was the Miss Tourism Ebonyi 2016, died in the early hours of Thursday June 16, after a very brief illness.

Speaking on the loss of the pretty Onu, Santiago Roberts, the CEO of the organization said in a statement:

“The Miss Tourism Nigeria Organization brand has lost a true and a great gem, Maureen Onu, who was one of the brightest. She was always prompt to carry out instructions and tasks given and willing to learn.

She was looking forward to representing her state with pride during this years’ finals and with the hopes of becoming the first ever national tourism queen from Ebonyi State.

The organization will redesign the content and production and dedicate the show to the memory of Maureen Onu.

We pray God to grant the family the strength to bear this great loss.”