IGP bans PoS, other money transfer devices in police stations


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

This was contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Monday, March 4, 2024.

Adejobi noted that the ban is aimed at preserving the integrity and security of police operations, forestalling perceived corrupt practices, clearing the commands/formations of possible criminal intrusion under such guise, and maintaining discipline within the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

He stated: “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 police spokesman further quoted the IGP as urging all police officers to comply with the directive without exception, warning that any officer or PoS operator found contravening the order or conniving to conduct illicit financial transactions will face appropriate disciplinary and criminal action in accordance with the extant laws and regulations.

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