The Attorney-General said the fact that DNA evidence is not incontrovertible and its tendencies of being contaminated along the chain, makes it compelling for the various stakeholders to be well grounded
in the workings of the forensic laboratory and specifically, the Lagos State DNA & Forensic Centre.
Kazeem made this remark on Monday at the 2nd Lagos State DNA & Forensic Symposium organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, the State DNA & Forensic Centre and ITSI-Biosciences, LLC, Johntown, PA USA.
According to him, the State Government recognises the importance of training, mentoring and adherence to set protocols to the success and effectiveness of its DNA centre, thereby partnering with one of the leading companies in the World, Messrs ITSI Biosciences as its consultant on the project.
Speaking on the importance of the Symposium to the various participants, the Attorney-General stated that the training will expose Judges, Magistrates and other judicial officers to the management of forensic analysis in the courtrooms and also assist other stakeholders in the process of compiling and preparing evidence for trial.
“For lawyers, this symposium will train you on what forensic analysis is, how it can provide a very positive assistance to criminal cases as well as its usefulness in the preparation for trial and for investigators, prosecutors and law enforcement officers; forensic science helps resolve different types of crimes that would have been difficult, if not impossible, to solve in the past” the Commissioner emphasised.
He said that it is part of the State government's plans to establish other forensic sections to complement the DNA Crime Laboratory across the State as a way of expanding the criminal justice system.
The Consultant to the State Government on the Lagos Forensic Symposium and DNA Centre, Dr. Richard Somiari said that the establishment of the Lagos State Forensic Centre provides a win-win situation for both the State Government and the citizenry.
He noted that the DNA Centre had increased investors confidence in the State Government and as such more investors would be willing to come and invest in Lagos.
Dr. Somiari said that the Centre will also help reduce crime rate across the metropolis, which, he said, would aid government access to more resources for impactful developmental projects.