The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye has stated that the substances behind strange illness in Kano State were laced with “hydroxylamine” – a chemical used for terrorism.
Recall that there was an outbreak of a strange infection led to the death of three persons, and the hospitalisation of 183 others in the State. NAFDAC stated that the strange illness was caused by food poisoning.
This was contained in a statement released by NAFDAC on Sunday, which was signed by Sayo Akintola, after complementing a preliminary investigation.
According to the agency’s Resident Media Consultant, it was discovered that addictive chemicals in the drinks contained hydroxylamine.
Adeyeye said, “Sometimes it’s used for terrorism. This is very sad because it involved people dying”, adding that another unknown chemical was sold as a food addictive called ‘Dantsami’, (Hausa name for “something sour”), which was kept in a transparent freezer bag.
“This chemical for 25kg bag was supposed to be sold for N30,000. One of the merchants got it for N3,000 and sold it to another merchant for N7,000,” she said.
Dantsami is what is used in some parts of Northern Nigeria to make drinks sour. A twenty-five kilogrammes bag of the unknown chemical was also sent to the agency’s laboratory in Kaduna for testing.
The Director-General said the merchants of the chemicals have been arrested, and she asked Nigerians to be cautious of what they consume.