Lagos opens Nigeria’s first DNA forensic laboratory
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS — THE Lagos State Government has completed construction of Nigeria’s very first high-powered DNA forensic laboratory, said State Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Adeniji Kazeem.
State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode last year approved the construction of the DNA forensic lab as part of criminal justice sector reforms designed to solve crime through technology and respond to an unmet need for DNA profiling which is a unique forensic technique that is now in use all over the world.
Speaking at a press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho press center in Alausa, Ikeja to announce the activities organized by the state government to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace 2017, Kazeem said that skeletal work had already started in the laboratory known as Lagos. State DNA Forensics Center, LSDFC, and that it would go live in the coming weeks.
Kazeem, who was represented at the briefing by the State Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Justice Department, Ms Funlola Odunlami, said the lab, among other state government initiatives, was part of efforts to strengthen peace in the state.
“The DNA Forensic Center just opened this month. We haven’t ordered it yet but it has been opened and it is a forensic lab for DNA crimes and at the same time it will deal with other DNA related issues like the issue of fatherhood. What we’re doing now is skeletal work that we started this month, ”Kazeem said.
He recalled that since 2007, the state government, through the Citizens’ Mediation Center (CMC), an agency under the Ministry of Justice, has initiated collaborations with the United Nations Information Office to mark the International Day of Peace as an annual event aimed at propagating the ethic of peaceful coexistence among the residents of the state, thereby educating and sensitizing the public on the need for peaceful coexistence and respect for dignity human to generate socio-economic growth.