Four among 10 students who went to Elegushi Beach in Lekki, Lagos to celebrate their success in the West African Examination Council School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) examination drowned, the Police have said.
While also confirming the incident, the management of Elegushi Beach, in a statement signed by Ayuba Elegushi said the students had defied warning to keep off from a certain section of the bridge.
According to Ayuba, the students did not take to the warning of the beach authority and the security team.
Ayuba said the beach authority were able to rescue six of the 10 student after receiving alert that they were drowning.
“The beach authority and security team turned the students back, the boys took a detour and went to an unmanned section of the beach area to swim,” the statement read.
“Unfortunately, about 10 of them were almost drowning before the beach security officers were alerted to the scene and six of them were rescued alive while four were still missing.
While the matter has been reported at the Ilasan Police Station, effort is still on to find the missing boys.”
In an earlier tweet on the incident, Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos police spokesperson, said the students had gone to the beach to celebrate after collecting their WAEC results.
“I’ve talked about drowning in relation to water travel and swimming pools. Still, parents/guardians, have a heart-to-heart talk with your teenagers to avoid losing them,” he tweeted.
“Four teenagers drowned at a Lagos beach today, after collecting their exam results in school. Take heed!”