In an attempt to reduce the increasing rate of suicide in Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said it is partnering with other relevant bodies to deregulate the use of Sniper insecticide.
The Director General of NAFDAC, Christiana Adeyeye, said Sniper containers “could now be made very difficult to open, or may be turned into a spray rather than what the liquid contents it is known for.”
Apart from its use as a suicide weapon NAFDAC is also campaigning its use as a preservative.
“We also decry poor handling of foods in Nigeria by producers and sellers, because the populace and consumers are being exposed unduly to health risks from contaminants.
This is in response to calls for a check on the proliferation and ease of access to Sniper in markets and streets across the nation.