The Police Service Commission has promoted the Divisional Police Officer, Bompai Division in Kano, Daniel Amah, from Chief Superintendent of Police to Assistant Commissioner of Police.
The commission also gave him a cash reward of N1 million.
Recalls that Amah had in April 2022 handled a matter where a suspect identified as Ali Zaki arranged with armed robbers to trail and rob a Bureau D’Change operator he had met to change $750,000.
Amah was said to have been offered $200,000 through a bank staff to suppress the case after an investigation linked Zaki to the case. He, however, rejected the offer.
The police officer had been rewarded by the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari, for his show of integrity.
Speaking during a special plenary of the commission on Thursday, the acting chairman of the PSC, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi (retd.), said although Amah had just been promoted and lately honoured, the commission was thrilled by his integrity and honesty.
According to her, “Although he has been honoured by the police and the president, we decided to do it because we are so proud of what he has done. I believe the culprit would have been shocked because the generality of human nature is one that would say why would such a young man reject such a large sum of money in foreign currency.
“Also, he was recently promoted during the general promotion, but to bring to the fore that act of honesty in the force is very appreciated, and since we are empowered by the law to promote him, we decided to do this in addition to a cash reward.
“What we are doing today is unprecedented, so, other officers should know that honesty and hard work pays, and if we can do this publicly to an officer of his nature we can to any other officer.”
Retired Justice Clara Ogunbiyi said the desire of the commission was to have a corrupt-free police, warning that the PSC would not hesitate to wield the big stick on erring police officers.
The elated Amah said he was motivated by the type of leadership provided by the IGP as well as the zeal to live a life worthy of emulation.
He said,” I must acknowledge this effort was not borne out of a lone effort. The leadership provided by the IGP made it easy for me to do this. I appreciate the PSC for the promotion and cash reward. To live a life worthy of emulation, there is nothing that can be compared to a life lived with integrity.”