Just in:IGP bans use of POS machines in stations, force facilities nationwide

Just in:IGP bans use of POS machines in stations, force facilities nationwide

 

Just in:IGP bans use of POS machines in stations, force facilities nationwide
Just in:IGP bans use of POS machines in stations, force facilities nationwide

Kayode Egbetokun, the inspector-general of police (IGP), has prohibited the use of point of sale (POS) machines “within the premises of police stations and facilities” across the country.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, police spokesperson, who announced the ban in a statement on Monday, said it also includes “other electronic mobile money transaction devices”.

Adejobi said the development was prompted by “public outcry on alleged illegal and illicit transactions through POS machine operators and connivance with certain police operatives”.

He added that the prohibition is aimed at “forestalling perceived corrupt practices” and “maintaining discipline within the Force”.

“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 utilization of POS machines and other electronic mobile money transaction devices within police stations and other police facilities nationwide,” the statement reads.

“The ban is aimed at preserving the integrity and security of police operations, forestalling perceived corrupt practices, as well as clearing the Commands/Formations of possible criminal intrusion under such guise, and maintaining discipline within the Force.”

Adejobi said attempts to flout the directive would “attract severe sanctions on the leadership of the affected commands and formations”.

He added that all police officers must adhere to the ban, noting that “any police officer or POS operator found contravening this order, or conniving to conduct illicit financial transactions will face appropriate disciplinary”.

“Despite previous directives, it has come to the attention of the Force leadership that some Commands and Formations continue to flout this regulation,” he said.

“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 in accordance with the extant laws and regulations, and the Command/Formation leadership will equally be held responsible.”

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