Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre (LSD&FC) has resolved 50 cases out of 350 applications received from within and outside the country since take-off in September last year, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr. Adeniji Kazeem has said.
Kazeem made this known during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Crime Scene Management Training held at the centre’s office in Lagos.
Kazeem said Crime Scene Management requires effective recognition and identification of physical and biological evidence, collection and preservation of evidence, documentation, scientific analysis of the evidence and presentation of impartial facts in the court.
He said it was to facilitate and achieve these crucial goals, that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode commissioned the DNA Centre.
He said the governor also recently pproved the inclusion of a toxicology unit as additional forensic section to the DNA center.
“The training is, therefore, very important and apt as the Nigerian Police will be better equipped and know how to manage scenes of crime and ensure same is preserved for adequate collection and preservation of physical evidence, maintenance of chain- of – custody, processing and use in the court to resolve cases unequivocally.
“The training will also expose the Police to the current methods and the international best practices used in crime scene processing and documentation, thereby leading to quicker dispensation of Justice.
“Today, the evolving partnership between the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), Nigerian Police Forensic Team and LSD&FC is significant and a welcome development and a sign of progress in advancing the Administration of criminal Justice in Lagos State and the Federation,” he said.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), represented by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Mr. Emmanuel Inyang in charge of Training and Development thanked the state for its support.
At the event were Programme Manager GIZ, Mr. Hatmut Zander, Director of the Lagos DNA Forensic Center Mrs. Shirley Johnson, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, among others.
The programme will last for two weeks.