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.
The Director General of the agency, Prof. Christiana Adeyeye, 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, or sniper may be totally 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.
Notable among the reported incidents 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.
Nigerians who have been concerned about the increased use of the substance in cases of suicide had called out repeatedly for the regulation of the insecticide as it seem like the most readily available poison for most people to use for suicide.