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FG bans importation of ‘I pass my neighbour’ generators

 The Federal Government has banned
the importation of small generators popularly called I pass my
, used mostly by the masses.

Controller, Federation Operations Unit
Zone A, Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Comptroller Madugu Sanni disclosed
this in Lagos while speaking with newsmen.
Sanni also said that the command seized
4,733 goods worth N52 million and arrested some suspected smugglers since he
assumed duties one week ago.
He said the seizures were made possible
through intelligence gathering and other measures put in place by the unit with
a view to ensuring that the supply chains of smugglers were fully blocked.
Conducting journalists round the seized
items which included 239 bales of used clothing valued at N10 million, 1,120
cartons units of the small generators valued at N13.4million among others,
Madugu said the unit would not relent in its effort in ensuring that prohibited
items are impounded and those involved in its importation prosecuted.
“The smaller generators have been banned
by the Federal Government because it is causing air pollution and destruction
of our lungs and breathing system. That is why they have banned it but people
are still interested in smuggling them in, that is why we intercepted them.
“If you go to the market, you still see
them because people have imported them before the ban. So it is the leftover
they had before the ban that they are selling because the law did not backdate
the ban and it is not an absolute prohibition.
“It is prohibition by trade which means
you cannot bring it in large quantity and sell to the public. That is the type
of prohibition we have on this but if you buy one piece, Customs will not seize
“We will not relent in our effort. When
we see any prohibited item, we will seize, arrest the people and we will allow
the law court to take decision on prosecuting them. So it is better for them to
stop smuggling than to continue when they know Customs will catch up with
them,” he said.
Other items impounded
included 1,182 bags of rice valued at N11million; 336 jerry cans of
cartons of vegetable oil valued at N2.4million; 1,138 cartons of poultry
products valued at N6.8 million; 42 parcels of cannabis called Indian hemp
valued at N2million and frozen poultry products among others.
Sanni said, “In the early hours of 17th November
2015, a patrol team led by Deputy Superintendent of Customs, Jude Ohagwu
intercepted a truck with 138 bales of used clothing, 98 pieces of compressors
among others. Cumulatively, the unit raked in N52. 4 million from all the
seizures recorded in one week inclusive of the latest seizure.”
He said the parcels of Indian hemps
would be handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Madugu also assured that the unit would
continue to support the commands under the zone to maximize their revenue

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