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The Nigerian Senate took a stand against the trafficking of counterfeit products into the country on Wednesday, passing a measure prohibiting the practice on its second reading during plenary.

This was said in a statement by Ezrel Tabiowo, the Special Assistant on Press to the President of the Senate, headed “Nigeria: Senate moves against fake goods importation”.

Ibikunle Amosun, who represents Ogun Central, sponsored the bill, dubbed “Counterfeit Goods Bill 2021”.

Among the fake items that would be forbidden are counterfeit and pirated currency, clothes, consumer electronics, automobile components, medications, meals and beverages, and chemicals.

“It [the bill] simplifies the process of laying complaints by persons interested in protected goods that are counterfeited and provides an enhanced enforcement capacity,” Sen Amosun said.

“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.”

Following deliberation, Senate President Ahmad Lawan forwarded the bill to the Committee on Trade and Investments for further legislative action. The committee was allowed four weeks to submit its findings to the house in a plenary session.

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