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Lagos opens Nigeria’s first DNA lab

Lagos state government has completed the construction of the fi rst ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, has disclosed.

Speaking at a press briefi ng held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja to announce activities lined up by the State Government to commemorate the 2017 United Nations International Day of Peace, Kazeem said skeletal work had already commenced in the lab known as the Lagos State DNA Forensics Centre (LSDFC), and that it would be formerly commissioned in coming weeks.

Kazeem, who was represented at the briefi ng by the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Funlola Odunlami, said the lab, among other initiatives of the State Government, was part of eff orts geared toward enhancing peace in the state. “Th e 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,” she said.

She recalled that since 2007, the state government through the Citizens’ Mediation Centre (CMC), an agency under the Ministry of Justice, commenced collaborations with the United Nations Information Offi ce to mark the International Day of Peace as an annual event to propagate the ethos of peaceful co-existence among residents in the State, thereby educating and sensitizing the public on the need for peaceful co-existence and respect for human dignity to engender socio-economic growth.

Speaking on activities to mark the 2017 edition of the day tagged “Together For Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity For All,” she said on September 18 (today), there would be a Walk for Peace/Legal Clinic on Ikorodu Road precisely from Funsho Williams Avenue through Ojuelegba to Yaba, while on September 19, a second Walk for Peace/Legal Clinic will hold at Jubilee Under-bridge in Ajah through Ibeju Lekki expressway and back to the bridge.

 

 

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