…‘You Are Our Role Model’, Lagos Governor Tells DPO
Impressed by the kindness and financial assistance rendered to a robbery victim by the Divisional Police Office (DPO) of the Ogudu Police Station in Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, invited her to the State House and honored her.
Sanwo-Olu described Mrs. Celestina Kalu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), as “a humane police officer”, saying her decision to save the life of an orphan, Friday Ajabor, shot by a two-man robbery gang in Ojota, was a “matchless trait of compassion”.
Ajabor, a 25-year-old orphan from Edo State, was at Ojota with his friend at about 8pm on September 19, when two men of the underworld waylaid them, attempting to dispossess them of their valuables. They struggled with the robbers, until the assailants overpowered them.
Ajabor’s friend managed to escape from the scene with their personal effects, leaving him at the mercy of the robbers armed with a local pistol.
For struggling with them, the robbers shot Ajabor in the bowel at a close range and disappeared from the scene.
A team of policemen from Ogudu Police Station led by Mrs. Kalu arrived at the scene about 30 minutes later, meeting the hapless victim in a pool of his blood.
The policemen, it was learnt, rushed the victim to two hospitals where he was rejected for lack of bed space.
About 90 minutes after, the victim was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, where he underwent series of surgery, the cost of which was personally defrayed by Mrs. Kalu.
This extra effort by the police officer saved the life of the orphan, whose relatives could not be reached at the time he was admitted into the ICU.
However, the DPO’s act of kindness caught Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s attention after it went viral in the social media, prompting the Governor to reach out to the policewoman and the victim.