The Lagos State Government said, its Forensic Centre conducted 158 crime scene investigations and investigated 437 paternity cases involving child support and inheritance.
Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, made the announcement on Tuesday at the virtual session of the 5th Edition of the Lagos Forensic Symposium, which was hosted by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Lagos State DNA & Forensic Centre and ITS! – Biosciences LLC.
The Commissioner stated that the introduction of forensic science to the Criminal Justice Administration had improved police investigations and permitted the rapid identification and conviction of criminal culprits while also assisting in the exoneration of innocent people.
“The Lagos State Government recognizes the value of forensic analysis, which led to the establishment of the Lagos State DNA & Forensic Centre (LSD & FC) to assist investigations conducted by the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies,” Onigbanjo said.
The Centre was established in September 2017, and the Lagos State Forensic Biology/DNA unit, as well as the DNA Database and Matching system, were awarded ISO 17025:2017 accreditation in February 2019.”
The DNA and Forensic Centre, as well as other public and private property in Lagos State, were attacked and the facility badly damaged by a mob during the #EndSARS demonstration in October 2020, according to Onigbanjo.
While assuring Lagosians that the rebuilding of the Centre remains a top priority for Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu administration, Olu’s the Attorney-General stated that the 5th Lagos Forensic Symposium would provide up-to-date information on how forensic science is used in criminal investigations, law enforcement, mass fatalities, sexual assault, wildlife trafficking, and other related matters in Lagos.
Judges, Magistrates, Lawyers, Lawmakers, Police Investigators, Forensic Pathologists and Scientists, Medical Practitioners, Emergency Responders, Students, NGOs, and Investigative Journalists, among others, were among those who attended the annual Symposium.