Lagos Police Command has arraigned a 39-year old man, Mr Gordon Daniel for attempted murder before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting for attempting to wipe off an entire family of his neighbour by pouring a poisonous substance called Sniper into their soup.
The police said the neighbour was lucky to have caught Mr Gordon in the act otherwise he and other members of the family would not have lived to tell their story.
Sniper, is a DDVP, 2,2-Dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate compound, marketed in Nigeria by Swiss-Nigerian Chemical Company, as a synthetic organophosphorus but which many Nigerians have converted to an indoor insecticide.
The popularity of Sniper use amongst Nigerians as an insecticide has grown in recent times, owing to its effectiveness in killing insects better than well-established brands of insecticide.
A 100ml of Sniper goes for between N200 and N300 as against Baygon of N700 for 100ml or Killit of N750.
According to a family physician, Dr Ikechukwu Okoroafor, “Sniper is poisonous. It can kill if it enters the blood stream. This is because Sniper contains DDVP, 2,2-Dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate, an organophosphate that readily binds to the lungs and kidney causing cancer. It causes weakness, chest tightness and respiratory problems.”
The police prosecutor, Cpl. Hafsat Ajibode told the court that mr Gordon committed the offence on August 17 at about 10.00 a.m. at No. 7, Baale Ayetoro St., Ajegunle, Lagos.
Ajibode said the offence contravened Section 228 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
But Mr Gordon had pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read out to him and indicated that he was ready for his trial.
His counsel also requested for his bail to enable him prepare for his defence.
The Magistrate, Mrs K.A. Ariyo, consequently granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum.
Ariyo ordered that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused and must show proof of tax payment to the State Government.
The case was consequently adjourned to October 11 to enable the police secure the legal advice of the state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on whether indeed a prima facie case had been established against him and which court has the jurisdiction to try him.