Juliana Francis

The Executive Director, Rule of Law, and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), Okechukwu Nwanguma, has urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alkali Usman Baba, to give double promotions to Assistant Superintendent of Police (SP), Daniel Itse Amah.

He made this call on 17th August 20220, during the award ceremony organised by the Lagos State Stakeholders’ Forum on Police Accountability (SFPA), where four personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, including woman police, were awarded for gallantry and exemplary conduct.

Nwanguma said: “We have noticed a wave of dismissals in the Nigeria Police, and we commend the IGP’s commitment to addressing impunity. We want to tell the IGP that commendation for exemplary police personnel, like Daniel is not enough. He refused 200,000 dollars bribe and we think such an officer deserves a double promotion, not just a letter of commendation.”

Earlier, Baba, in line with his mandate to apply the carrot and stick approach to personnel conduct, commended three officers from across the nation who have been exemplary in their line of duty.

The IGP has similarly directed the issuance of commendation certificates to the officers for distinguishing themselves despite the many challenges of policing the nation effectively.

One of the officers, SP Daniel Itse Amah, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Nasarawa Division in Kano State, was commended for his integrity and exhibition of sound professionalism leading to the arrest of an armed robbery syndicate despite being offered a bribe of 200,000 USD to look away, which he rejected.

The IGP also commended the gallantry of Inspector Ekene Ndukwu of the Imo State Police Command who successfully laid ambush and neutralised two members of a bandit gang who stormed his house in the early hours of August 4th, 2022. The Police Inspector who was armed, surprised the bandits with heavy gunfire which repelled their attacks.

Other police personnel, Constable Nura Mande attached to the Katsina State Police Command was also commended for returning an envelope containing 800 USD belonging to an intending pilgrim, an old woman, at the Hajj Camp, Katsina.

The IGP has charged all officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to emulate the noble conduct of these exemplary members of the Force. He tasked the commended officers to continually exemplify good conduct, integrity, bravery, and gallantry in the discharge of their policing duties.

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