Arrest Of Patrons Of Oniru Beach Condemned


Men of Rapid Response Squard (RRS) on Sunday, arrested many picknickers at Oniru  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 and  arrested the picknickers without any warrant, while the operators were not informed  of carrying out any arrest.

However, the operators have called on the Lagos State government to investigate what  warranted the invasion  by the men of Rapid Respond Squad led by CSP Hakeem Odumosu.

Prince Ademola Oniru, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the private beach,  described the incident as total intrusion into the company’s privacy, wondering why  the security outfit took the action as, according to him, the beach, apart from  being a private one, does not harbour hoodlums and encourage perpetration of any  illegal or unlawful act.

“What we saw on Sunday is an act of intrusion into our private business. We run this  beach with every consciousness and we take the issue of the security of life and  properties very paramount.

“We wonder what could have informed the decision of the RRS led by Hakeen Odomosu to  invade the beach,” he said.

Ademola told P.M. NEWS that during the invasion, many picknickers were arrested nd  dumped at a nearby police station, while those that were released later had their  phones seized and were not returned to them.

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He therefore called on the state government to investigate the matter.

“We want to know if they came from Alausa and why  those arrested were not taken to  Alausa instead of a nearby police station. We want to know why such action was taken  and who sent them without a warrant,” Ademola demanded.

Prince Sola Oniru, the Managing Director, said the security outfit targeted the G12  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 Commandant  of the outfit was said to have gone out on official assignment, while calls on his  Glo and MTN lines were not picked and a text message sent to him was not replied.

—Paul Sanusi

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