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Lagos acquires land for forensic lab

08 May 2014, 21:20

Lagos - The Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to construct a forensic laboratory that will assist police conduct criminal investigations.

Addressing journalists at the Government House in Ikeja, State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Adebiyi Mabadeje said that government had acquired five hectares of land at Gayingbo Beach Badagry for the project which he said would serve the entire Africa region.

He said the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was ongoing while soil tests had been conducted on the project that will be driven by a Public Private Partnership.

Considering the priority placed on the security of lives and properties of residents, the State Government is working on the establishment of the forensic science laboratory with a view to complement law enforcement, criminal investigation and judicial system of Lagos, Nigeria in general and West Africa as a whole, he said.

“The objective of the laboratory is to assist in the prosecution of criminal cases by authenticating evidence of prosecutors in other to get conviction. It will also bring about reduction in the cases of unresolved crimes,” Mabadeje said.

He said the project would be implemented in phases, saying that the first phase, acquisition of land had been completed and compensation paid to the land owners.

Mabadeje said the government was involving the private sector in the implementation of the project due to the costs of implication.

He meanwhile said the state was ready to deploy 1 000 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to complement those already installed in the state.

The state currently has 1 000 CCTVs.

“The development will further enhance surveillance and intelligence gathering towards efficient security in the state,” said Mabadeje.

– CAJ News

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