Does Nigeria Have A Forensic Database? Find Out

Not only can Forensic DNA analysis help families of victims find closure, it has proven time and time again to be extremely helpful in cases of sexual assault. How does this happen? Trained Investigators will look for DNA evidence at locations relevant to the case. Evidence can also be collected from the body and clothes of the person who survived the assault.

When this evidence is collected, it is sent to a lab and the DNA extracted will be analyzed, profiled, and then compared to the DNA of suspect(s). If the suspect is unknown, it is compared to a larger data base e.g., CODIS (the Combined DNA Index System) which is used by the FBI in the United States.

The Incredible power of DNA technology as an identification tool cannot be overemphasized and many countries around the world operate forensic DNA databases which has helped to link DNA recovered from crime scenes to the perpetrators of the crime.

Unfortunately, Nigeria is behind in this conversation as there is no comprehensive forensic DNA database. If we must avert miscarriages of justice, solve more crime puzzles (sexual assault, murder etc) and exonerate the innocent, then we need to embrace the forensic investigative method of solving crimes of which DNA is a critical component. We know this because we have investigated over 150 crime scenes and helped solved several crime puzzles.

Remember we are always here to help. Feel free to contact us on 08131123820 or send an email to info@lsdfc.org.

Till next week, stay energized.

Closure

Disasters are really sad occurrences that sometimes result in loss of lives and properties. It’s even worse when victims of such disasters can’t be recognized . In cases like this the surest way to establish relationship between the bodies and supposed family members whether or not the bodies can be identified is through DNA analysis.

*It’s extremely sad to say unexpected goodbyes to loved ones in the event of death, thankfully forensic identification has helped families find closure in unforeseen situations . *

*Take for instance the June 2018 incident, where a tanker fully loaded with petrol exploded on the Otedola Bridge at the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. A total of nine bodies were recovered. *

Victim samples from the incident were picked up by LSD&FC staff from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Forensic Pathologist, under stringent chain of custody and reference samples i.e samples of family members of the victims were collected as well, and based on the forensic DNA analysis performed at LSD&FC, bodies were matched and handed over to their rightful families for the necessary burial arrangements.

This was the first time unidentified victims of a Nigerian mass disaster was successfully identified locally using DNA technology.

DNA analysis might not bring back the dead but it is safe to say that it sure brings closure to cases.

* We are here to help with the identification of victims should you have the need…*

Feel free to contact us on 08131123820 or send an email to info@lsdfc.org

Till next week, stay energized.