You are our role model, Lagos governor tells DPO, who used personal money to save robbery victim

A deluge of accolades was yesterday showered on the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ogudu Police Station in Lagos State, Mrs. Celestina Kalu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), for her uncommon act of kindness rendered to a theft sufferer. She personally mobilized over N800,000 from pals and colleagues to make sure the sufferer bought pressing medical consideration.

The governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, personally invited the kind-hearted police officer to the State House to be rewarded for the selfless act. Sanwo-Olu described the cop as “a humane police officer”, saying her resolution to save lots of the lifetime of an orphan, Friday Ajabor, shot by a two-man theft gang in Ojota, was a “matchless trait of compassion”.


Ajabor, a 25-year-old orphan from Edo State, was at Ojota together with his pal at about 8:00 p.m. on September 19 when two males of the underworld waylaid them, trying to dispossess them of their valuables. They struggled with the robbers till the assailants overpowered them.

Ajabor’s pal managed to flee from the scene with their private results, leaving him on the mercy of the robbers armed with a neighborhood pistol. For scuffling with them, the robbers shot Ajabor within the bowel at an in depth vary and disappeared from the scene.

A crew of policemen from Ogudu Police Station, led by SP Kalu, arrived on the scene about 30 minutes later, assembly the hapless sufferer in a pool of his blood. The policemen, it was learnt, rushed the sufferer to 2 hospitals the place he was rejected for lack of mattress house.

About 90 minutes after, the sufferer was admitted within the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, the place he underwent a sequence of surgical procedure, the price of which was personally defrayed by Kalu. This further effort by the police officer saved the lifetime of the orphan whose kin couldn’t be reached on the time he was admitted into the ICU.

The DPO’s act of kindness caught the governor’s consideration after it went viral within the social media, prompting Sanwo-Olu to succeed in out to the policewoman and the sufferer.

While honouring the DPO, Sanwo-Olu mentioned Mrs. Kalu went past the restrict of her official responsibility to save lots of the lifetime of the theft sufferer, stressing that the policewoman’s effort was “the essence of public service” and “a true spirit of Lagos”.

The governor mentioned the policewoman demonstrated a uncommon instance that ought to be emulated by each Lagosian, urging safety operatives to not fall in need of such act of kindness within the discharge of their duties to the residents.

“I’m personally amazed by this uncommon act of kindness displayed by Mrs. Celestina Kalu, who went past the official name of responsibility to save lots of the lifetime of a citizen utilizing her private sources. This is likely one of the essences of governance and public service when you’ve got public officers going past the decision of responsibility to render a serving to hand to a fellow citizen.

“This is a uncommon trait of compassion by the DPO. We normally don’t get to witness such act of kindness, as a result of each one among us is just too overwhelmed by the myriad of private challenges. When we see regulation enforcement officers giving us causes to be form, we have to admire and recognise such motion. This is why we’re honouring Mrs. Kalu as our position mannequin. This will encourage others to emulate this act of kindness.

“Not only that she stopped to help the victim at the point of death, but she also went ahead to make a financial commitment that ensured immediate treatment of the victim at the hospital. We are happy that this effort paid off because the victim is alive and he is recuperating well.”

Sanwo-Olu offered a particular plaque bearing the official seal of the Lagos State Government to honour the DPO, whereas additionally taking on the price of Ajabor’s surgical procedure. The governor urged safety companies to scale up their surveillance throughout the state, urging inter-agency collaboration to rid Lagos of robbers and criminals.

The visibly overjoyed cop was left speechless as tears got here rather than phrases when requested to answer the honour by the governor. After gathering herself collectively, she mentioned: “I never knew this will follow when I took that singular act that made me bankrupt. Each time I visit and hear the victim’s cry that he doesn’t want to die, I am further touched to go out of my way to do more. Every day, I was spending over N100,000 leaving my account in red. But I was happy. I persisted as a Rotarian who wants the best for the victim.”

Commissioner for Information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, mentioned the honour accomplished to the DPO was the prize of her compassion, mentioning that such act of kindness was in tune with spirit agenda of ‘Greater Lagos’ marketing campaign of the current administration. He urged Lagos residents to emulate the act, saying the State would enhance in its social index when individuals present their fellow residents unsolicited kindness.

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