By Vincess Okushi

The Nigeria Police Force has reiterated its stand over the ban on the use of point-of-sale (POS) machines and operators in police facilities and stressed that violators will be severely dealt with across the Commands, and Formations in the country.

A statement by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi,
Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja 4th March 2024 said following public outcry on alleged illegal and illicit transactions through the use of POS and connivance with certain police operatives,  the ban on the utilization of the machines and other electronic mobile money transaction devices within police stations and other police facilities nationwide is static aimed at preserving the integrity and security of police operations, against perceived corrupt practices, as well as clearing the Commands/Formations of possible criminal intrusion under such guise, to maintain discipline within the Force.

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 violation of this ban will attract severe sanctions on the leadership of the affected Commands and Formations. 

The IGP notes 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 IGP urges all officers and personnel to comply with this directive without exception and warns that any police officer or POS operator found contravening this order or conniving to conduct illicit financial transactions will face appropriate disciplinary and criminal action ablations and the Command/Formation leadership will equally be held responsible.


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