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Sanwo-Olu honours female DPO for saving robbery victim


Oct. 08, 2019

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State yesterday honoured the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Ogudu Police Station, SP Celestina Kalu, for using her money to save the life of an armed robbery victim. While hosting Mrs. Kalu, Sanwo-Olu described her as “a humane police officer”. He said the DPO’s decision to save the life of the victim, Friday Ajabor, shot by a two-man robbery gang at MKO Abiola Park, Ojota, was a “matchless trait of compassion”. Ajabor, a 25-year-old orphan from Edo State, was at the park with his friend about 8p.m. on September 19, when the two robbers 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 Kalu arrived at the scene about 30 minutes later and saw the hapless victim in a pool of 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 a series of surgery, the cost of which was personally defrayed by Kalu.
Kalu’s extra effort saved the life of the orphan whose relatives could not be reached at the time he was admitted into the ICU. The DPO’s act of kindness caught Sanwo-Olu’s attention after it went viral in the social media, prompting the governor to reach out to the policewoman and the victim.
While honouring the DPO, Sanwo-Olu said Kalu went beyond the limit of her official duty to save the life of the robbery victim, stressing that the policewoman’s effort was “the essence of public service” and “a true spirit of Lagos”He said: “I am personally amazed by this rare act of kindness displayed by Mrs. Celestina Kalu, who went beyond the official call of duty to save the life of a citizen using her personal resources.
This is one of the essences of governance and public service when you have public officers going beyond the call of duty to render a helping hand to a fellow citizen.” Sanwo-Olu presented a special plaque bearing the official seal of the Lagos State government to honour the DPO, while also taking over the cost of Ajabor’s surgery. The governor urged security agencies to scale up their surveillance across the state, urging inter-agency collaboration to rid Lagos of robbers and criminals.
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