The 2hp generator popularly known as “I better pass my neighbor” has been banned by the Federal Government.
The Controller, Federation Operations Unit Zone A, Lagos of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Mr Madugu Sanni Jubrin, disclosed this in Lagos on Wednesday.
He said that the government took the action because of the dangerous effect of the generator smoke on the health of Nigerians.
It will be recalled that the generator smoke had led to death of many Nigerians due to lack of regular supply of electricity.
According to Jubrin, the government banned but some importers are still trying to smuggle it into the country, adding, “That is why we have to enforce the law and ensure that we confiscate any imported smallest generator.
“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 efforts. 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.