Lagos State Government says it has signed an agreement with ITSI Bioscience to establish a DNA Forensic Centre for effective prosecution of criminal cases in the state.
Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice dropped this hint while speaking at the official signing of the agreement at the Secretariat, Alausa between the State Government and ITSI Bioscience LCC, a developer of ready-to-use kits for biomedical research.
The proposed Lagos DNA Forensics Centre (LSDFC) will employ a unique forensic technique, now being used all over the world, to achieve the growing DNA needs of criminal investigation in the country, according to the state’s chief law officer.
The agreement signed is in fulfillment of the State Government’s plan to establish a DNA Forensic Center in the State to facilitate prompt and effective prosecution of criminal activities.
The Lagos State Government expects that the planned DNA Centre “would aid investigation on domestic and sexual violence cases, boost family and paternity proceedings, help in identifying victims of natural and man-made disasters and a tool for the judicial system.”
The Attorney-General hinted that the Centre will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to support all levels of DNA collection from people and objects, evidence examination, DNA analysis and provide evidential DNA storage.[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” arrow=”yes”]The Lagos State Government expects that the planned DNA Centre “would aid investigation on domestic and sexual violence cases, boost family and paternity proceedings, help in identifying victims of natural and man-made disasters and a tool for the judicial system.” [/quote]
“I am certain that the Lagos DNA forensic laboratory is going to be another unique solution to fighting crime in our quest for a safer and secure Lagos”, he added.
Also commenting on the deal, the representative of ITSI Bioscience LCC at the signing ceremony, Dr. Richard Somiasi thanked the State Government for believing in the company, promising speedy completion and delivery of the centre.