Reps passes bill to establish forensic DNA database

The Nigerian House of Representatives has passed the second reading of a bill for an act to establish Forensic DNA Database in the country.

The database is aimed at collecting and analysing DNA sample to address doubt in criminal and DNA related issues.

Leading the debate on the bill, Mr. Patrick Osadu, from Enugu State said the move is part of the parliamentary contribution to ease investigation process as well as reduce criminality in the country.

“There is no country in the world that is successful in fighting crime that has no dynamic, reliable and effective DNA database system. The database is the backbone to successful investigation and dispensation of criminal justice.” Mr. Osadu said.

Mr. Yusuf Suleiman Lasun, from Osun State while contributing to the debate said the bill will provide the opportunity for the country to improve its security and judicial system.

The bill if became law, will provide forensic anthropologist; forensic entomologist, forensic archaeologist and toxicologist, forensic chemist, for the forensic department to be establish.

Nigeria loses over one billion Naira annually to testing DNA outside the country, mostly in United Kingdom, United States and South Africa.

Source: Voice of Nigeria