The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has placed a ban on the sale of ‘sniper’ (insecticide) in open markets and supermarkets.
NAFDAC’s Director, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate, Dr Bukar Usman, who made this known on Wednesday at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan said that the agency had asked agro-dealers to stop the sale of the product.
Usman maintained that the directive was not an outright ban of the product but a restriction of its use and availability to farms alone.
He said sniper was an agro-cultural product and not for households.
He also called on manufacturers and dealers to cooperate with NAFDAC to mop up the 100ml size of the product which was cheap and easily acquired, adding that all agro-chemicals meant for farms should not be used in households.
“There are appropriate products for the control of mosquitoes and other household pests” he added
The decision may be related to the use of sniper, in recent times, to commit suicide.
A Nigerian father of two identified as Seun Adedutan took his own life. The deceased, who was described as a good Christian, had drank two bottles of Sniper to end his life.