8th December, 2010
Men of Rapid Response Squard (RRS) on Sunday, arrested many picknickers at OniruÂ Private Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, South West, Nigeria, P.M. NEWS learnt.
It was gathered that the security outfit stormed the G12 section of the beach andÂ arrested the picknickers without any warrant, while the operators were not informedÂ of carrying out any arrest.
However, the operators have called on the Lagos State government to investigate whatÂ warranted the invasionÂ by the men of Rapid Respond Squad led by CSP Hakeem Odumosu.
Prince Ademola Oniru, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the private beach,Â described the incident as total intrusion into the companyâ€™s privacy, wondering whyÂ the security outfit took the action as, according to him, the beach, apart fromÂ being a private one, does not harbour hoodlums and encourage perpetration of anyÂ illegal or unlawful act.
â€œWhat we saw on Sunday is an act of intrusion into our private business. We run thisÂ beach with every consciousness and we take the issue of the security of life andÂ properties very paramount.
â€œWe wonder what could have informed the decision of the RRS led by Hakeen Odomosu toÂ invade the beach,â€ he said.
Ademola told P.M. NEWS that during the invasion, many picknickers were arrested ndÂ dumped at a nearby police station, while those that were released later had theirÂ phones seized and were not returned to them.
He therefore called on the state government to investigate the matter.
â€œWe want to know if they came from Alausa and whyÂ those arrested were not taken toÂ Alausa instead of a nearby police station. We want to know why such action was takenÂ and who sent them without a warrant,â€ Ademola demanded.
Prince Sola Oniru, the Managing Director, said the security outfit targeted the G12Â tent of the beach which attracts more patronage without any reason.
When P.M.NEWS visited the Alausa office of RRS, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, the CommandantÂ of the outfit was said to have gone out on official assignment, while calls on hisÂ Glo and MTN lines were not picked and a text message sent to him was not replied.