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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Elegushi closes beach over UNILAG students’ death

Following the death of two postgraduate students of the University of Lagos at Elegushi Beach on June 5, the Elegushi Royal Family, owners of the beach, has announced the closure of the private relaxation centre.

Addressing journalists at the Elegushi Palace, Lekki, on Saturday, representatives of the family, led by the Asiwaju of Ikateland, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, said the closure was to ensure improved operations, abolish touting and institute an insurance system that would cover accidents at the beach.
Two UNILAG postgraduate students – Adesola Ogunmefun and Funmilayo Odusina – had drowned on the beach while celebrating with a friend.
The state government had blamed the management of the hotel for poor safety facilities.
While commiserating with the families of the deceased persons, Elegushi noted that the deaths were not caused by poor safety facilities, as there were necessary measures to prevent accidents.
He said, “Two things happened and it is unfortunate that we may have to reopen wounds: The red flag was on as of the time the victims were going for swimming and our guards did warn them but they insisted.
“Aside from that, immediately they were rescued, rather than allow our experts to do their recovery work, their friends hijacked them (the victims) from them (the operators) and drove them away. It is very sad and we once again commiserate with the families.
“We may not have the best practices when it comes to beach management but I can tell you that the safety measures at the Elegushi Beach will be difficult to come by anywhere else. This is evidenced by the prompt response by our lifeguards who dived into the water to rescue the victims. None of them died on the spot as being peddled about.”

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