Stories by Joseph Undu
The Nigerian Police has again proved the stuff it’s officers are made of as one of its female officers’ W/Sgt. Mercy John on the 10th of February, 2015 around Egbeda Shasha by Tawakalitu Close, Orisunmibare Road, Lagos gallantry disarmed two hefty armed robbery suspects.
According the Command’s Spokesman DSP. Ken Nwosu in a statement to Daily Champion, “W/Sgt. Mercy John attached to Provost Office State Headquarters, Ikeja and one other were accosted by two armed robbers on motor bike and ordered to lie down.
“The NCO refused to comply and also turned down the order to handover her handbag. However, her companion out of fear complied. One of the men who accosted them brought out a locally made pistol, the NCO immediately on sighting the firearm, smartly and professionally grabbed the neck of the gun wielding hoodlum and hit his head on a nearby wall.
“The firearm fell down and she immediately grabbed it and the hoodlums sensing imminent danger fled for their lives.
The firearm has been deposited with Special Anti Robbery Squad, while efforts are being made to apprehend the fleeing hoodlums.”
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State Police Command, CP C.K Aderanti immediately approved that the NCO be given the Commissioner of Police Commendation for this act of gallantry. The CP also briefed the Inspector General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, who immediately approved that the NCO be equally given the Inspector General of Police Commendation.
“The Commissioner of Police wishes to congratulate the NCO for this uncommon act of bravery and urges her to keep it up. He further enjoins all personnel of the Command to emulate the brave efforts of the NCO and in their best in the service to the Nation.
The CP concluded by stating that the NCO is a shining example of the abilities of the womenfolk
This also affirms President Goodluck Jonathan’s strong belief in the courage and brilliance of women as he became the first Nigerian President in history to approved the enlistment of Nigerian women into the Nigeria Defence Academy, the apex military training institution in Nigeria.