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Lagos plans DNA labs to prosecute rape

03 January 2014, 12:31Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Lagos State Government revealed plans to establish Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid (DNA) and forensic laboratories across the state to address the delay in the resolution of such cases as rape.

Speaking at a forum, Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola, explained that lack of such facilities makes it difficult to prove cases of rape and related issues against the accused in the courts of law.

“To prove cases of rape in court, we need semen samples, we need medical records. We have no DNA labs and we don’t have adequate forensic labs,” he said.

He said government had thus concluded plans to tackle the problem by building the forensic labs in the state.

It could not be ascertained when such facilities would be set up.

He noted that the state government has built a transit home for women who were being abused.

The Governor also emphasized the need for State Police to ensure the protection of the more vulnerable members of society.

He mentioned these as women and children.

A survey conducted last year established that the national incidence of rape almost doubled from 3 percent in 2011 to 5 per cent in 2013.

– CAJ News

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