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House of Reps Move to Ban Sale of Energy Drinks in Nigeria



Energy drinks have often been described as drinks that have potentially dangerous health consequences, the dangers lying in the high levels of caffeine contained in them.

For this and other reasons, the House of Representatives on Tuesday moved to ban the importation and sale of caffeinated drinks, popularly known as ‘energy drinks’, in the country.

Following a motion sponsored by a member, Yacoob Bush-Alebiosu, the house directed its Joint Committee on Health/Commerce to investigate the importation and distribution of the drinks.

According to Punch, Bush-Alebiosu listed Germany, Norway, France and Denmark among some of the countries that had banned the sale of the drinks in their jurisdiction “as a result of health risks caused by the consumption of energy drinks, including reported cases of deaths.”

He said that research conducted by the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the Royal Adeliade Hospital and Adeliade University in Southern Australia reveals a link between students consuming a particular brand of energy drink and the unstable state of their hearts.

Bush-Alebiosu added that many brands of the drinks had flooded the country, as consumers were also mixing them with alcoholic drinks. The drinks are now first choice beverages among young people, especially on campuses, bars, clubs and social functions across the country.

He said, “These drinks are being mixed with alcoholic drinks and become more deadly as they tend to mask the level of intoxication already settled in the bodies of the consumers of this mixture, thereby allowing young adults to consume much more alcohol than normal, which often times lead to young people  passing out after such in-take and also an increase in road accidents involving such people.”

The lawmaker raised some pertinent points here. What are your thoughts on the sale and consumption of energy drinks and the move by the House of Reps to ban its sale and importation in Nigeria? Is this a good step?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. vanessa

    January 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

    howz that their bizness,why not pass the no drinking and driving law with vey stiff penalties,put cameras to monitor people.not ban energy drinks.

  2. Opsy

    January 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Much as I don’t like energy drinks, it is not right to ban them as their major constituent is caffeine which is not prohibited .

  3. koko T

    January 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Make una no go catch boko haram people and work on security, Is it not the House of Reps people that fucks every night. They are the highest consumers of energy drink joor..

  4. Rachy

    January 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Seriously, this is what we elected them do? Sometimes u just can not find d words to describe this people.

  5. pynk

    January 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

    We have SON! Standard organisation of Nigeria.

  6. pade

    January 23, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Misplaced priorities
    Unserious elements
    I m not surprised they are distant to the people, but we shall draw them close soon very soon.

  7. LILLY

    January 23, 2013 at 11:32 am

    these drinks are really dangerous. i took red bull 2 years ago and my heart was beating sooooo fast that i was rushed to the hospital. since then i have not taken one enegry drink.

  8. Jon

    January 23, 2013 at 11:54 am

    @Lilly, stop drinking energy drink they are not good for the faint hearted.

    • Ennie

      January 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm


    • Nehita

      January 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      loooooooooooooooool… BN oooh!

  9. gistyinka

    January 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm


  10. iamfascinating

    January 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    it does make sense. Lets also ban importation of matches and toothpicks!

  11. xoxo

    January 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I am sure they are referring to Alomo and such drinks. After all Alomo too is an energy drink. lol!


    January 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Of all the things they can place a ban on, energy drinks REALLY??? REALLY??

  13. idowu akanji

    January 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    With boko haram tormenting everybody, everywhere and all the time in Nigeria they should have more serious legislative business to do than running after Energy Drinks.
    What we need to do is advice consumers to be more responssible in their intakes.
    Or what are the duties of NAFDAC and SON?


    January 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Seriously, it is now the duty of the Nigerian do nothing house of reps to be banning drinks, where in the world does things like this even happen, soon they will start banning panadol,cerelac,garri ijebu and ewa agoyin.
    Just when you think things can’t be worse, how low can they go in Nigeria.

  15. Tiki

    January 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    They will do better banning and enforcing a ban on underage drinking. Shouldn’t that be a higher priority where drinking is concerned? And that one has the nerve to say alcohol is found on campuses, WHERE MINORS HAVE ACCESS TO IT!!

  16. dontmention

    January 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha……..that’s all I can do oh …..laff at the state of Nigeria n de direction its going with leaders like these…….hahahahahahhaha…..I don die today from laff with BN commentators

  17. meeeee

    January 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I tire for 9ja o! What research have they done to determine the extent of the health risk associated with energy drink consumption in 9ja. Other serious countries that make moves to prohibit use of such products first carry out extensive research to find out how wide spread the problem is (e.g. how many people use energy products, what percent are adversely affected and the extent of the effect, which products are the main culprits). Then they can decide the best steps to take – increase tax on energy drinks, ban the products that have really high caffeine levels or just basic public education on the health risks. But no ohhhh … 9ja its just outright ban …mshewwwww

  18. Cima

    January 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    But yyyyyyy?? Una wan take my uncle off bizness. No way oo, it concerns us not if pple are mixing with alcohol. The step to take is to educate them that these mixtures are dangerous. But wait ooooo if they wan ban energy drink then they should ban cigarette noni…. Is anyone thinking what im thinking?

  19. Busy Sade

    January 25, 2013 at 1:46 am

    While you are banning energy drinks don’t forget alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, prostitutes, bribery, corruption, PHCN, ……it is amazing how people can just be direction less. Na wa!

  20. precenter

    January 28, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Oga, is this the right Bill to pass at this time??? Hahhahahah… why not this… READ MORE

    FG & Ezekwesili Exchange Accusations of Corruption: “You Wasted N458 Billion As Minister” – FG | “You Squandered $67 Billion in Reserves” – Ezekwesili… Speak more of what concerns Nigeria than all these Non-Sense.

  21. Shane W Lewis

    February 2, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Energy drinks are being used by the Matrix to condition young brains to crave higher toxic addictions in the future ; )

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