A female police officer in Lagos, has done what many of her male counterparts cannot do by disarming two armed robbers.
Sergeant Mercy John, a female police officer attached to the Provost Office, State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos, has shown a gallantry that has continued to draw plaudits from all and sundry when she single-handedly disarmed two armed robbers who had plans to rob her of her belongings.
The incident happened on Tuesday, 10 February, 2015, at about 6pm around the Egbeda-Shasha area of the state.
According to a statement released by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, the robbers who rode on a motorcycle, had accosted John, brought out guns and ordered her to lie down.
Apparently unaware of the fact that she was a police officer, the robbers thought they would have a field day but she gave them such a surprise by boldly grabbing the neck of one of the robbers and hit it on a wall.
With his gun falling out of his hand, John then grabbed it and turned it on the hoodlums who, out of fear, fled the scene.
"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.
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."