The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), is considering modifying the container of popular insecticide, Sniper, over the recent increase in its use for suicide in Nigeria.
Prof. Christiana Adeyeye, the Director General of the agency, made the disclosure during NAFDAC’s commemoration of World Food Safety Day.
According to her, sniper containers could now be made very difficult to open, be totally turned into a spray rather than the liquid contents it is known for.
The modification is coming after sniper, an agro-chemical has increasingly become a choice killer for persons contemplating suicide, an official said.
Some of the deaths caused by the use of the agro-chemical is that of a 400-level student of the Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Chukwuemeka Akachi.
There was another case of a pastor in a popular Pentecostal church who recently committed suicide after consuming the deadly substance.
That was before Ayomide and Ajani Damilola of the University of Lagos were reported to have killed themselves using the insecticide following the accusations that they stole clothes in their hostel.
Another 32-year-old banker and mother of two, identified as Peace, of Ughelli, Delta State, committed suicide over her husband’s alleged infidelity. She also took Sniper.