By Esther Onyegbula
LAGOS — A female police officer, Mercy John, has reportedly disarmed two armed robbers who tried to rob her of her belongings.
The officer attached to Provost Office, State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos, was accosted by the robbers at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday around Egbeda-Shasha area of Lagos State, and ordered to lie down.
According to a statement by DSP Ken Nwosu, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, the suspected robbers were on a motorcycle when the incident happened.
Nwosu said: “Mercy John and one other person were accosted by two armed robbers on motor bike and ordered to lie down. The NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) refused to comply and also turned down the order to hand over 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 and she immediately grabbed it and the hoodlums, sensing imminent danger, fled.”
Nwosu said while the fleeing robbers were being trailed by the police, the officer had been approved for commendation of the Commissioner of Police and that of the IGP.
The statement said: “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 effort of the NCO and put in their best in the service to the nation.”