Nigeria bans Open Sale of Insecticides Linked to Suicide

Authorities in Nigeria say agricultural insecticides, which have been linked to recent cases of people killing themselves, will no longer be sold in shops from September.

Most of these high-strength insecticides can easily be bought in shops and from hawkers.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (Nafdac) has ordered “brand owners/distributors to recall and withdraw their products” from markets and supermarkets.

In a series of measures announced on Twitter, they have also banned “hawking of all agro-chemical formulation” with immediate effect.
These insecticides have become popular for use in households because of their apparent effectiveness in dealing with pests.

Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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