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News - May 17, 2019

Suicides: We Can’t Ban Sniper – NAFDAC

By Anthony Osagbemi and Aminat Mohammed

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has said it is not within the power of the agency to ban Sniper from the Market

Ivotesng.com reports that some Nigerians have called for the ban of the insecticide following the high spate of its usage by suicide victims.

The spate of suicide in Nigeria has increased recently. Medical and police reports have confirmed that a high percentage of these suicide was carried out through the consumption of Sniper.

But in an exclusive interview with Ivotesng.com, the director, special duties, NAFDAC, Abubakar Jimoh, said that the abuse of the insecticide is not within the ambit of NAFDAC.

Although Mr. Jimoh regretted that the purpose of Sniper is not what it is being used for now, he, however, said there was nothing the agency could do about it.

He said: “it is just like when people use acid for attack, the purpose of acid is not to attack people. Some years ago, NAFDAC was also called to the rescue when people started attacking people with acid.

“Asking us to regulate when people have criminal tendency or intention is not within the remit of NAFDAC regulatory activities.”

He stressed that Sniper is an insecticide and that it is not meant for people to go and drink or kill themselves.

“From NAFDAC’s perspective, we are regulating it and ensuring control. The purpose of control is also to ensure that the labelling of sniper and other products registered by NAFDAC, carry certain warnings to be put there especially for pesticides and chemicals.

“Warnings are usually written boldly on the label to ensure that people don’t misuse it out of ignorance,” he added.

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