The National Drugs Law and Enforcement Agency (NAFDAC) has traced the cause of the strange ailment announced in Kano State to a harmful chemical sold as citric acid, also known as Dan Sanmi.
The illness has claimed not less than four lives with over 300 persons hospitalised.
NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, made the confirmation in Kano, on Tuesday, March 30, shortly after she had an audience, with Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, at the State Government House.
Adeyeye stated that the chemical was allegedly smuggled into the country through unidentifiable sources; and sold by local vendors for N3,000 against the N30,000 market value of such a product.
“Before now, the agro-chemical that was supposed to be Dansanmi is used to make drinks sour; but it is not the chemical used but poison, that led to the death of three persons I believe; and some others, who had various illnesses.
“Three of the flavoured drinks were not registered, with NAFDAC; only two were registered. Something that is supposed to be bought at N30,000 was being bought at N3,000; while some others do sell it at the rate of N10,000.”
While noting that three out of the five sampled products were not registered, with the agency, Adeyeye promised that a comprehensive report of the laboratory test would be announced as soon as investigations were completed.