The demand for rat poison has increased in Osogbo following the outbreak of lassa fever in the country, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Some of the rat poison sellers, who spoke to NAN at the popular Ola-Iya Junction in Osogbo on Tuesday, said they were making brisk businesses and huge profits since the outbreak of the fever.
One of the sellers, who simply identified himself as Chika, said he now enjoyed high patronage. “Before now, I find it difficult to sell 10 packs of the poison in a day, but since the outbreak of the lassa fever, I sell between one to two cartons in a day. “People are seriously demanding for the poison to eradicate rats from their homes,’’ Chika said.Another seller, Abayomi Ogundele, said that sale of rat poison was now a lucrative business. Ogundele said that people were now afraid of rats, which he said, had prompted the demand for the poison. He said he now make between N1,500 and N2,000 profits in a day Guardian Ngr