Forensic DNA Technology has Stagnated in Africa

Forensic DNA technology has grown in leaps and bounds elsewhere in the world, except Africa. Whilst there is no doubting the utility of this technology to solving complex criminal investigation, African countries are still very reluctant to embrace it. There is only one forensic laboratory in Nigeria. It is located in Lagos and managed by the Nigerian Police Force. Given the serious credibility deficit by most government agencies, it is not unusual for serious applicants and accused persons to seek experts and expertise from outside Nigeria, in analysing forensic evidence. In Nigeria, post election appeals have tended to be heavily reliant on forensic evidence to determine or prove electoral fraud. And in almost all cases, the experts are imported from abroad. For more examples of how DNA could be used in Africa readhttp://www.forensicmag.com/article/dna-4-africa?page=0,0

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