Lagos State Government has finished up the construction of Nigeria’s first DNA Laboratory in Lagos
The Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode had last year approved the construction of Nigeria’s first DNA laboratory. It was to be part of the criminal justice sector to solve crimes through technology. This is in an attempt to catch up with the rest of the world; using this unique forensic technique accepted worldwide.
The disclosure was made by Mr Adeniji Kazeem, Lagos Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice
Mr Adeniji spoke at a press briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho press centre in Alausa, Ikeja. He said that the lab would be commissioned formally in a few weeks’ time. It would officially be known as the Lagos State DNA Forensics Centre (LSDFC).
Mr Adeniji said that it was just part of the efforts at enhancing peace in the state:
The DNA forensic centre just opened this month. We are yet to commission it but it has been opened and it is a DNA crime forensic lab and at the same time, it is going to deal with other DNA matters like paternity issue. What we are doing now is skeletal work which we started this month.
The Lagos State Government recognizes the fact that the State is the commercial nerve centre of the sub-Saharan Africa where all races converge for various purposes such as business, hospitality, tourism among others, and has put in place mechanisms that will foster development and promote economic activities in the State by instituting agencies that will attend to matters relating to Land Grabbers, Special Task Force, donation of police vehicles for security, introduction of DNA Forensic laboratory to archive blood samples of criminals, among others.
All these actions are geared toward enhancing peace in Lagos State.