Police Reiterates Ban On Use Of POS, Other Electronic Mobile Money Transaction Devices Within Police Stations, Facilities

…… Warns violation will attract sanctions on commands, and formations’ leadership.

The Nigeria Police has reiterated the ban on the use of point-of-sale (POS) machines and other electronic mobile money transaction devices within police stations and other police facilities nationwide in response to public outcry over alleged illegal and illicit transactions through POS machine operators and connivance with certain police operatives.

In a press release on Monday, 4th March 2024 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that 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.

“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, ACP Adejobi said.

The IGP warned that any police officer or POS operator found breaking this order or conspiring to conduct illegal financial transactions will face appropriate disciplinary and criminal action following the current laws and regulations, and that the Command/Formation leadership will also be held accountable.

The IGP urged all officers and personnel to comply with this directive without exception.