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Mark canvasses use of DNA to solve crime

By Emmanuel Aziken

ABUJA—The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has expressed support for the legislative proposal that will legitimize the use of DNA technology in the nation’s criminal justice system.

Declaring open a public hearing on the Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA, Bill yesterday, Senator Mark while noting the difficulties of many Nigerians in comprehending the complexities of DNA technology, nevertheless said the technology offered much promise in the criminal justice system.

The hearing was chaired by Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and witnessed an elaboration on the use of the technology by some stakeholders.

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Adegho Eferekaya in his presentation to the hearing yesterday, said the use of the technology would cover present deficiencies in the use of fingerprinting.

He said: “DNA profiling serves the criminal justice process by assisting to convict the guilty and exonerating the innocent.”

According to him, DNA extracts can be easily obtained from the scene of a crime from samples such as blood, hair, saliva, sweat, semen, cigarette among others.


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