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

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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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Man stabs six people to death at shopping mall in Australia

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An unidentified man has stabbed six persons to death at a shopping mall in Australia.

The incident occurred on Saturday at a six-level shopping centre located at Bondi Junction Westfield in Sydney.

Anthony Cooke, assistant commissioner of New South Wales police, said at a press conference that six persons were killed in the incident, while eight others were injured and are receiving treatment at a hospital.

He said the attacker was shot dead by a female police officer.

“She confronted the offender who had moved by this stage to level five (of the shopping center) as she continued to walk quickly behind him to catch up with him. He turned, faced her, raised a knife,” Cooke said.

“She discharged a firearm and that person is now deceased.”

An infant is reportedly among those stabbed by the attacker.

The attacker was said to have been to the shopping mall earlier, left and then returned to commence the killings.

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Abducted Channels TV reporter regains freedom — after 24 hours in captivity

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Joshua Rogers, a reporter with Channels TV, has regained freedom from his abductors.

Rogers was abducted on Thursday night near his residence in Rumuosi, Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers state.

The journalist was said to have covered the inauguration of a healthcare facility in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, as donated to the state government by Peter Odili, former governor of Rivers.

He was returning home when he was abducted.

Rogers’ abductors reportedly contacted the family and demanded N30 million in ransom.

NAN reports Charles Oporum, his colleague, as saying that the journalist regained his freedom around 10 pm on Friday unharmed.

“Yes, he has been released about an hour ago, and has reunited with his family,” Oporum said.

The management of the television station also confirmed Rogers’ release in a brief statement.

“Channels Television reporter, Joshua Rogers, who was abducted last night in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been freed,“ the statement reads.

“We thank our viewers and all those who expressed concern over the unfortunate incident.”

It is, however, unclear whether he was rescued by security forces or if a ransom was paid for his release.

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Princess Owowoh becomes first Nigerian female officer to graduate from UK military academy

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Princess Owowoh has become the first-ever Nigerian female officer to graduate from the United Kingdom’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

The 24-year-old was one of the 135 officer cadets to graduate during RMAS’ sovereign’s parade in London on Friday.

In 2018, Owowoh joined the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna where she was appointed as a cadet lance corporal in her second year.

She rose to a cadet sergeant in her fourth year and was appointed company senior under officer Charlie (CSUO C) in her fifth year.

Owowoh held the appointment with two other female counterparts and made history as the first female to assume the position of CSUO in the academy.

In her fourth year, she also completed the academics wing of the commissioning course and achieved first-class honours in biological sciences.

“It is a profound honour to be the first Nigerian female officer to be commissioned from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst,” Owowoh said.

“This achievement is not mine alone, but a testament to the unwavering support of my family, mentors, instructors, and countless individuals who believed in me every step of the way.

“As I look ahead to the future, I am committed to representing Nigeria with pride, and to making a positive difference in the world.”

Some of the RMAS Nigerian alumni include Yakubu Gowon, former head of state, and Emmanuel Undiandeye, chief of defence intelligence.

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