The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has disclosed that it may mandate a change in the package of ‘Sniper’, an agro-chemical that has increasingly become a choice killer for persons contemplating suicide, an official said.
This stance was in response to calls for a check on the proliferation and ease of access to Sniper in markets and streets across the nation.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Christiana Adeyeye, during a media interview on Saturday, June 15 said Sniper containers “could now be made very difficult to open, or may be turned into a spray rather than the liquid contents it is known for.”
The suicide rate has increased in Nigeria with Sniper among the agents popularly used.
Adeyeye also discouraged the use of Sniper and other agro-chemicals for the preservation of food as they contain substances harmful to the human body.
“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.”
Sniper is a DDVP, 2,2-Dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate compound, marketed in Nigeria by Swiss-Nigerian Chemical Company, as a synthetic organophosphorus. Many Nigerians have, however, converted it to an indoor insecticide.
It is predominantly used as an insecticide because of its effectiveness in killing insects better than well-established brands of insecticide.
The demand is also fuelled by its affordability.
A 100ml of sniper goes for between N200 and N300 while its competitors cost as much as N750 for 100ml.