Sellers of sniper insecticide in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, are yet to comply with the Federal Government ban on the product.
The insecticide was banned following its alleged use in recent incidences of suicide in the country.
Checks however conducted on Wednesday by the News Agency of Nigeria in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State revealed that sniper insecticide was still being displayed in most shops for sale.
“Forget that story, ‘na lie’, the product is sold everywhere as you can see.
“In fact, sniper moves market (sells) more than any other similar product that performs the same function,’’ she said.
Mallam Yahaya Nasidi, a dealer of agro-chemicals at Bauchi Street, said he was completely unaware of the ban.
“If the ban is true like that of codeine, authorities concerned should have visited our business premises and informed us to stop selling it.”
Nasidi said he recorded more sales of the product which was pegged at N500 each than most similar product due to its effectiveness.
Also, Mr Sunday Jalo, a dealer of insecticide in Kafanchan market who had displayed the product in seizable quantity, said it is also being used as mosquito repellent “because it is stronger and effective.”
“I sell it without entertaining any fear that it would be used for other purposes other than what it is meant for,’’ he said.
Mrs Sarah Musa, a parent and civil servant, advised government “to rise up to the occasion and move beyond mere pronouncement on the ban of sniper.
“There is need for a task force that would ensure strict compliance with the order otherwise, it would still be business as usual,’’ she said.
Dadi said that although there was no special task force to enforce the ban, the agency had intensified routine sub-marketing surveillance to ensure that the ban was enforced.
“Although we don’t have a localised office in Kafanchan, our officers were there two weeks ago to carry out sweep surveillance.
“Those who engage in sales of sniper are doing that at their own risk because sniper had been banned.
“We want to checkmate exposure of the product to the public and reduce death occasioned by its abuse which has accounted for incessant cases of suicide in the country,’’ he said.
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