From Adanna Nnamani, Abuja
A serving police officer, CSP Daniel Itse Amah, has received the 2022 Public Service Integrity Award from the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
This was part of the activities at the 4th National Summit on “Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector”, organised by the ICPC, in Abuja, yesterday.
The ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, said CSP Amah, formerly SP Amah, earned the award because he rejected a $200,000 bribe to kill a robbery case.
CSP Daniel Itse Amah is an indigene of Jos East, Plateau State, who joined the Nigerian Police Force as a Cadet Inspector in 2002. He is currently serving as a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Bompai Police Station in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
The ICPC said: “On April 24, 2022, a matter was reported to him that a suspect, one Mr. Ali Zaki, convinced Bureau De Change Operators that he has $750,000 which he could sell to them at the rate of N430 to give him the equivalent, N322,500,000.
“After a bank staff confirmed the availability of the money at the bank to the victim, the transaction took place.
However, the suspect arranged with armed robbers to track and rob the victims while they were transporting the money.
“When the matter was reported to the Police Division in Kano State, where SP Daniel Amah was the DPO, they commenced investigations.
“In the course of the investigation, they traced the principal suspect, Mr Zaki, who offered $200,000 to the SP to kill the case, through a bank staff. The offer was rejected and the bank staff was promptly arrested, which led to the arrest of the suspect. The $200,000 was recovered and registered as an exhibit.
“For this and other acts of integrity, SP Daniel Itse Amah is being conferred with the 2022 Public Service Integrity Awards.”