Starting from September 1, 2019, it will be against the law to sell Sniper and other Dichlorvos brands in open shops and supermarkets in the country.
This is according to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
Sniper is used as an insecticide, but has caused havoc, including death following the different uses to which it has been put.
The alarming rate of the danger it has caused made the Senate to suggest a ban on it to the federal government.
Issuing a ban on the product on Wednesday, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Moji Adeyeye, said brand owners and distributors of the products had been given till August 31 to recall the products from open shops.
The manufacturers have also been given a six-month ultimatum to dispose the products that might have been in different accredited agro-input dealers outlets.
Said Adeyeye: “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/retailers) outlets.”