The development is coming barely a few days after the Nigerian Senate called on the Federal Government to immediately ban the production and sale of the product, due to high related cases of people using the insecticide to commit suicide in Nigeria.
NAFDAC Director-General, Moji Adeyeye, who made this known in a Press statement sent to TOS TV, on Wednesday, July 10, said that a number of Nigerians had called for the ban of the product, following its rampant use in cases of suicide.
Adeyeye stated that the ban takes effect from September 1, adding that, such products should only be used for outdoor purposes and not domestic use.
NAFDAC gave the brand owners and distributors until August 31, to recall the products from open shops. It also issued a six-month ultimatum for the manufactures to exhaust the products they have in various accredited agro-input dealer outlets.
Adeyeye said: “NAFDAC is giving a two-month (up to August 31, 2019) notice to brand owners/distributors, to recall and withdraw their products from open markets and supermarkets that do not have garden corner/shelves to the agro-dealer outlets.
“The sale of Sniper insecticide and other Dichlorvos brands in open markets and supermarkets nationwide, is prohibited with effect from September 1, 2019. NAFDAC is giving a six-month moratorium up to January 1, 2020, for brand owners to exhaust the products that are in various accredited agro-input dealers (distributors/marketers/
The Agency, also ordered the mandatory listing of Dealers, Distributors, Marketers and Retailers of agro-chemicals.
Recall, that NAFDAC had earlier banned the production of smaller packs of Sniper, over its affordability and ease of access for suicide victims.