Since its first use in the mid-1980s to solve crime, forensic DNA testing has played an important role in the criminal justice system through aiding conviction of the guilty and exoneration of the innocent. It has also proved to be one of the most important and effective tools in crime investigation. When biological material is transferred between a perpetrator and victim in violent crimes such as murder and rape, the DNA recovered has the power to potentially identify the perpetrator.
Forensic DNA analysis is being used to solve crimes globally. It can help when there are no eyewitnesses and no suspects. It is also useful to confirm or refute suspect/witness statements, reconstruct an incident, solve cold cases, and free convicts incarcerated for years. DNA is one of the most powerful forensic tools used by the police and prosecutors to bring criminals to justice by unequivocally linking them to a crime.
An example of a case where forensics played a role in Nigeria, is the just concluded case between Peter Nielsen (the accused) and the Lagos State Government presided by Hon Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile. The accused was recently convicted on a 2-count charge of murder brought against him by the Lagos State Government in 2018. The Lagos State DNA and Forensic Center (LSD&FC) forensic scientists processed the crime scene, examined all evidence collected and performed DNA analysis of critical items of evidence, including fingernail clippings of one of the deceased. The forensic evidence submitted by LSD&FC assisted the investigators and prosecutors resolve the case. You can read the full story here: https://www.thestar.ng/dane-sentenced-to-death-for-killing-nigerian-wife-daughter/
Forensics investigation is no doubt a significant form of support for the criminal justice system and LSD&FC can help. For more information, contact LSD&FC via phone (+2348131123820) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)