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The Senate on Wednesday moved against importation of fake goods into Nigeria as a bill seeking to prohibit such an act scaled second reading during plenary.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Assistant on Press to the President of the Senate, Ezrel Tabiowo, titled, ‘Nigeria: Senate moves against importation of fake goods’.

Tagged ‘Counterfeit Goods Bill 2021’, the bill was sponsored by Ibikunle Amosun representing Ogun Central.

Among fake goods to be prohibited are counterfeit and pirated currencies, apparel, consumer electronics, automotive parts, pharmaceuticals, foods and drinks and chemicals among others

Amosun, while leading debate on the principles of the bill, said the bill which was read for the first time on Tuesday, 6th July, 2021, is a 26-Clause legislative proposal.

Explaining the bill, he said, “It simplifies the process of laying complaints by persons interested in protected goods that are counterfeited and provides an enhanced enforcement capacity.

“The Bill also provides for administration of criminal investigation; and seeks to make prosecution a lot less cumbersome so as to provide effective control of counterfeit goods in the country.

“While the Customs Service is further empowered to check and control imported counterfeit goods, the police is given the power to demand information for efficient crime prevention and prosecution.”

After consideration, the bill was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Trade and Investments for further legislative work.

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The Committee was given four weeks to report back to the chamber in plenary.

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