Police inability to achieve 100 percent successes in forensic analysis and detection of crime in the country, has been blamed on poor forensic facilities.
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike who stated this at the second anniversary of Forensic Research and Development Centre, said the force has over the years carried out its investigations on crimes without being biased, with the aide of forensic analysis and that though the facilities have been very limited, the few available ones have been effectively put into use.
The anniversary which has as its theme: “Forensic and DNA; The Science of Today and Tomorrow,” was held at the University of Benin.
Ezike who was represented at the event by Mr. Wilson Akhiwu, disclosed that the new Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Abrahim, was doing all in its capacity to purchase more equipment to speedy up forensic analysis in the sector while training and retraining of police officers to man the facilities were also being encouraged across the country.
The Edo Police boss noted that criminal investigation could be gotten right in the country if all the hiccups witnessed in the process as result of the deficits in facilities were removed.
He said there was need to build on the facilities on ground to make investigation of crime less cumbersome in the country, noting that with more forensic experts in the police force, the better for the country as new waves of crimes were springing up on a daily basis.
In his sppeech, the project coordinator, Forensic Research and Development Centre, Dr. Edeaghe Ehikhamenor, said the forensic and DNA are very important in our society as it helps to put to rest the unnecessary arguments and prolong legal battle that emanate as regard ascertaining the paternity of a child.
Dr. Ehikhamenor also said besides trying to unravel the true paternity of a child, the embracement of forensic analysis in the country will put all Nigerians on their toes and make them tow the part of honesty and avoid corruption in their places of work.
He advised Nigerians to see the forensic analysis process as a welcome development if the fight against corruption must be fought and won in the country.