“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.”
This is the submission coming from Divisional Police officer (DPO) in Ogudu Police Division in Lagos State Mrs Celetina Kalu, a superintendent of police who just got a deserving honour from Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu after rendering a selfless act to a victim that was shot by a two-man robbery gang in ojota which indeed falls within her jurisdiction.
The selfless Act done by Mrs Celestina Kalu is said to have gone viral on social media, attraction more accolades for that act which many commentators have commended.
In a rare symbol, the Divisional Police officer led a team of police to a scene where it was discovered that a victim who eventually turned out to be Ojabor was in his pool of blood desperately needing an assistant
This was how Sp Kalu was able to mobilise and the victim was taken to two hospitals and 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. 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.
This was what caught the eye’s of Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu and invited her personally to the state house to be rewarded for that noble act.
Sanwo-Olu described the cop 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 8:00 p.m. 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.
While honouring the DPO, Sanwo-Olu said Mrs 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”.
The governor said the policewoman demonstrated a rare example that should be emulated by every Lagosian, urging security operatives not to fall short of such act of kindness in the discharge of their duties to the citizens.
“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 a rare trait of compassion by the DPO. We usually don’t get to witness such act of kindness, because every one of us is too overwhelmed by the myriad of personal challenges. When we see law enforcement officers giving us reasons to be kind, we need to appreciate and recognise such action.
This is why we are honouring Mrs Kalu as our role model. This will encourage others to emulate this act of kindness.
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.