9 Jun 2016

Elegushi Beach Managers Arrested Over Drowned UNILAG Students

According to Punch, the Lagos State Police Command has arrested two managers of the Elegushi Beach in Ajah, Lagos, where two postgraduate students of the University of Lagos, Adesola Ogunmefun and Funmi Odusina, drowned on Sunday during their friend, Bolu's birthday. The command is also on the trail of some other members of the management, to investigate their complicity in the incident.

The deceased – Adesola Ogunmefun and 25-year-old Funmi Odusina – were having fun with their friend, Bolu, on the beach when they were submerged by strong tides, which swept them into the Atlantic Ocean. While Ogunmefun was brought out dead, Bolu and Odusina were said to have been rushed to some private hospitals in the area which rejected them.

Odusina died on the way to the Lagos Island General Hospital, while Bolu survived. Families and friends had blamed the deaths on the alleged failure of the beach management to provide necessary safety devices like life guards, a wave alarm system, an ambulance and a medical unit at the facility and condemned the indifference of the hospitals that rejected them.

Odusina’s elder sister, Bukola, had also lamented that the incident shattered her sister’s dreams to become a philanthropist, an ambassador and a mechanised farmer, calling on the government to ensure that the beach had adequate safety devices.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the names of the arrested managers would be disclosed as soon as their culpability in the circumstances surrounding the deaths is ascertained, and that the command would visit the scene of the crime to assess its safety devices.

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