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Family, friends pay tributes to drowned postgraduate students

Family members and friends of two postgraduate students who drowned at Egushi Beach in Lagos Tuesday took to social media to relive their last moments with the deceased.

The duo, Funmi Odusina, 24, and Adesola Ogunmefun, 27, were swept away by heavy tides on Sunday during the birthday celebration of their friend identified as Bolu.
Odusina was said to have been recovered dead by local divers, Ogunmefun it was gathered, died later, while Bolu who survived the incident was discharged from the hospital Tuesday.
It was gathered that Funmi whose father’s birthday according to her elder brother Gbenga Odusina was on June 6, had boycotted a family function that Sunday to attend Bolu’s beach party.
The Nation learnt that the families were set to conduct autopsy on their bodies which are still at the Lagos Island General Hospital mortuary.
According to Funmi’s older sister, Bukola Odunsina, their family was devasted and their parents speechless.
She urged that safety measures be put in place at the various beaches to avoid recurrent avoidable deaths.
Similarly, Gbenga Odusina on his Facebook wall stated that the deceased was not a swimmer: he said: “Sadly, I saw these two on Sunday afternoon…I even joked with Shola about her makeup against Funmi’s own. She just came back from church and had to hook up with my sister for the party…Wished I restrained them from going to meet their death.
“Their friendship baffles me even in death. They had the same hairstyle and died the same day. At the mortuary, they weren’t too far apart too. My sister laid there dead even as my other sisters cried to her to please wake up…
“It felt like a deep sleep and her feet were cold with water still running out of her nostrils. Sadly, she doesn’t swim and I would have bet she wasn’t anywhere near the ocean until I saw this pix.
“I respect life more now and would make the best of every opportunity while still here. I wonder what we keep the malice for, hold grudge against someone or never get another opportunity to say something to someone or forgive them. Life is short! Rest in peace Shola Ogunmefun and Funmi. Get well Bolu too!”
Gbenga who was the first family member to comment on the issue on Monday wrote: “Happy birthday to my dad as much I would have loved to celebrate his 65th birthday, death snatched away his baby daughter; my sister Funmi, a few hours before. I have never experienced death this close.
“I still saw her in the afternoon (Sunday) making up. I even asked her, ‘Funmi you’re really dressed like a big madam today.’
“She cleaned her room so well; maybe she knew she was going to meet her creator a few hours ago.
“I saw her lifeless body at the mortuary and all I could do wonder is how? But I never really queried how God does his things and I continue to give thanks to Him for all. Rest in peace dear sister!”
A close friend to Ogunmefun, Samson Tobore Chritos who snapped a picture with her same Sunday in church recalled the peck she had given him on Sunday.
He said: “It was just two days ago (on Sunday) that we were both together laughing, playing, taking selfies at church and you gave me a kiss on my right cheek, only to find out the next day that you’ve departed this world. I never knew that was a goodbye kiss and that was the last time I was going to see you.
“It’s sad how a lot could happen within 24 hours. Like Morenike Olusanya will say ‘Life is too short. Please learn to appreciate the people in your life all the time. Be at peace with them, help them, show them love, compliment them, treat them well, forgive them. Nobody knows when nor what will happen’. “Rest in peace dear. You will forever remain in our hearts. You will forever be a part of our family. We will always love and remember you Adesola Olubola Ogunmefun.”
Another of their friend, Mayowa Oyebanji who was still in shock over their demise said Ogunmefun had promised to attend his wedding.
“R.I.P. Adesola Olubola Ogunmefun and Phummie Toe’dunni Odusina So I lost two of you in a day! I still can’t believe you are gone Sola…No!
“Sola, you promised to be at my wedding as Iya oko the last time I came to your house. Memories won’t let me be…been reading our chats, stalking your instagram and trying your phone number maybe you will pick.
“Continue to rest in heaven my teflon nihga till we meet to path no more. No goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart,” said Oyebanji.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the police have commenced investigation into the matter as the parents of the deceased were at the Ilasan police station, Lekki Tuesday afternoon.

(The Nation)

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