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IGP Reinforces Ban on POS Machines in Police Facilities

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In response to mounting public outcry over alleged illicit activities involving point-of-sale (POS) machine operators and certain police officers, the Nigeria Police Force has reinforced its ban on the use of POS machines and other electronic mobile money transaction devices within police stations and other facilities nationwide.

The ban, aimed at safeguarding the integrity and security of police operations while curbing corrupt practices and maintaining discipline within the Force, has been reiterated by the police authorities. Despite previous directives, some Commands and Formations have continued to flout the regulation, prompting a stern warning from the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of severe sanctions on the leadership of non-compliant units.

The IGP emphasized the risks associated with using electronic payment devices within police facilities, including the potential compromise of sensitive information, financial irregularities, and facilitation of illicit activities. Strict adherence to the ban is deemed non-negotiable, with the IGP urging all officers and personnel to comply without exception.

Furthermore, the IGP cautioned that any police officer or POS operator found contravening the ban or engaging in illicit financial transactions will face appropriate disciplinary actions. The reinforcement of the ban underscores the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to upholding transparency, integrity, and discipline within its ranks.

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