Aid to Suicide: NAFDAC Orders Withdrawal of Sniper from Open Markets

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The National Agency for Food, Drug, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has ordered agro-dealers to withdraw and stop the sales of Sniper to non-agro-dealers.

The Director, Veterinary Medicine and Allied Products Directorate of NAFDAC, Dr. Bukar Usman, made this known at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), on Wednesday, June 19, in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He noted that the order was necessary to stem the tide of the increasing abuse of the pesticide for suicide purposes.

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He maintained that “Sniper is an agro-cultural product meant to be used only in the farms and not for households”, adding that “manufacturers and dealers should cooperate with NAFDAC to mop up the 100ml size of the product, which are cheap and easily acquired”.

“The directive is not an outright ban of the product but a restriction of its use and availability to farms alone”, he continued.

“All agrochemicals meant for farms should not be used in households.”

“There are appropriate products for the control of mosquitoes and other household pests,” he stressed.