Lagos State Leads Nigeria in DNA Tests and Forensic Investigation

Lagos State has taken the lead to wiping out or at least reducing crime in the state. The deployment of Deoxyribonucleic Acid Test (DNA) for the determination of identity and the investigation of crimes will no doubt lead to the reduction of crime, safety of the society and the growth of the economy.

But Lagos State was not the first to establish a DNA facility. The Federal Government under the Nigeria Police Force has an arrangement of that sort, but not much has been spoken of that facility and its operations.

The move by the Lagos State Government is therefore worthy of emulation for the furtherance of crime investigation.

While as a Consultant to the Distinguished Senator Prof. Adego Eferakeya who represented the Delta Central Senatorial District at the 6th Senate of the National Assembly, I advised and supervised the draft of the “Deoxyribonucleic Acid Test (DNA) Bill’. We thought this was necessary especially in the elementary days of the dreaded Boko Haram to check the spread of crime by enacting an enabling law that will provide the enabling policy for the prosecution of crime investigated using DNA. Sadly, this Bill was subjected to very negative elements of the Nigerian factor and after Second Reading, it died a natural death.

If Nigeria must move forward then policies like this one must be encouraged.

April 18, 2019

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