A moment of silence… for the world-famous ‘I Pass My Neighbour’ generator

The Nigeria Customs Service has revealed that the Federal Government has banned the importation of small generators, popularly called I pass my neighbor.

While speaking with newsmen, the Controller, Federation Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Madugu Sanni made this disclosure in Lagos on Tuesday.

He explained that the Customs was able to carry out the seizures through intelligence gathering and other measures put in place by the unit.

“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 it.

“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.

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