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Not all African police are corrupt: A Nigerian Superintendent of police Daniel Itse Amah is celebrated for rejecting $200,000 bribery from armed robbers

Western media and particularly African entertainment have painted the character of the African police force to be ultimately corrupt and deceitful. Thanks to the Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Daniel Itse Amah, such a negative nuance is slowly getting shattered. Daniel Itse Amah has attracted thousands of goodwill and congratulatory messages after receiving a $200,000 bribe from armed robbers.

CSP Daniel Amah was born on July 7, 1981, in Fobur, Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria. He was enlisted as a cadet inspector on August 15, 2002.

On April 14, 2022, a matter was reported to Daniel Amah that a suspect by the name of Mr Ali Zaki fraudulently convinced a Bureau D’ Change Operator that he had $750,000 he wishes to sell to them at the rate of N430 to a dollar to give him the equipment of N322.5m. After the bank transactions took place, Mr. Ali Zaki arranged with armed robbers to track and rob the people while they were transporting the money.

When the matter was brought forward to the Police Division in Kano where CSP Daniel Amah was the DPO, he began an investigation. Amidst the investigation, the principal suspect, Mr. Abu Zaki offered a whopping 200,000 dollars to CSP Daniel through a bank staff to suppress the case. The offer was vehemently rejected by the just Daniel who eventually got the bank staff arrested creating further opportunities to get the prime culprit and suspect apprehended.

As news of this great show of integrity spread like wildfire, the Police Service Commission, announced a special promotion of CSP Daniel Itse Amah to the astonishing rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). The police officer was also awarded the sum of N1 million by the PSC as part of encouragement for maintaining the integrity of the Police.

PSC promotes officer who refused $200,000 bribe

Most recently, he was honoured with the 2022 Public Service Integrity Award by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 4th National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector convoked by the Independent Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, OSGF, and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, said Amah represents the integrity and good character of a deserving Police officer. She also said the reward and special promotion would serve as a morale booster for all police officers to keep doing the right thing always.

Interviewed by members of the press, the delighted officer dedicated the honour to the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba and the Nigerian Police Force and promised to maintain the standards in the force.

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