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    IGP bans use of POS machines in Police stations and facilities nationwide

    The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has banned the use of Point-of-Sale (POS) machines and other mobile money transaction devices within police stations and facilities nationwide.

    The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said the NPF cited public concerns regarding alleged illicit transactions and collusion between POS operators and certain police personnel as the rationale behind the ban.

    “The Nigeria Police Force, following public outcry on alleged illegal and illicit transactions through point-of-sale (POS) machine operators and connivance with certain police operatives, hereby reiterates the ban on the utilisation of POS machines and other electronic mobile money transaction devices within police stations and other police facilities nationwide.

    Despite previous directives, it has come to the attention of the Force leadership that some commands and formations continue to flout this regulation. As such, the IGP warns that any vi%lation of this ban will attract severe sanctions on the leadership of the affected commands and formations.

    The IG noted that the use of electronic payment devices within police facilities poses significant risks, including the potential compromise of sensitive information, financial irregularities, and the facilitation of illicit activities, therefore, strict adherence to this directive is non-negotiable.

    The IG urges all officers and personnel to comply with this directive without exception. He warns that any police officer or POS operator found contravening this order or colluding in illicit financial transactions will face appropriate disciplinary and criminal action in accordance with existing laws and regulations. The Command/Formation leadership will equally be held accountable,” the statement reads.

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