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IGP Bans POS Transactions In Police Stations | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Mar 5, 2024

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has issued a ban on the use of Point-of-Sale (POS) terminal machines and other mobile money transaction devices within police stations and facilities across the country.

In a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) cited public concerns over alleged illicit transactions and collusion between POS operators and certain police personnel as the primary reasons behind the ban.

Despite previous directives aimed at curbing the practice, some commands and formations within the NPF have persisted in flouting the regulations, prompting the reiteration of the ban to uphold the security and integrity of police operations,” Adejobi said

According to the statement sighted by VONa, the use of payment devices within police premises poses inherent risks, including the compromise of sensitive information and the facilitation of illicit activities.

It read in part: “The NPF, 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.”

The IGP warned that any violation of this ban would result in severe sanctions imposed on the leadership of the affected commands and formations.
He stressed the non-negotiable importance of strict adherence to the directive, cautioning that any breach by officers or POS operators would lead to disciplinary and criminal action in accordance with existing laws and regulations.

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,” he added.

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