By Esther Okafor
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two beach managers of the Elegushi Beach in Ajah where two postgraduate Students of the University of Lagos drowned during their friend’s birthday on Sunday. The names of the suspects were not disclosed due to the fact that it was on the trail of some other members of the management to investigate their complicity in the incident.
The deceased Adesola Ogunmefun, Funmi Odusina, 25, was having fun with their friend, Bolu, on the beach when they were submerged by strong tides, which swept them into the Atlantic Ocean. They had graduated from the Covenant University and were on the verge of bagging their Master’s Degrees in International Law and Diplomacy from UNILAG.
Families and friends of deceased 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 the victims.
Odusina’s elder sister, Bukola, 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 Spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, said that the names of the arrested managers would be disclosed as soon as their culpability in the circumstances surrounding the deaths was ascertained.
UNILAG spokesperson, Toyin Adebule, said some representatives of the institution would pay condolence visits to the families of the deceased on Thursday.