Based on the DNA analysis performed at the Lagos State DNA & Forensic Center (LSD&FC), nine bodies have been successfully matched to nine families, out of the 11 families that showed up at the centre.
Collection of the these remains commenced from 10.00am today, July 28, 2018 at the Seminar Room of the Pathology & Forensic Medicine Department of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.
While commiserating with the families of the victims who lost their lives and properties in the unfortunate fatal explosion, the commissioner for health, Lagos state, Dr. Jide Idris, at a press briefing in Lagos state said the State Government has gone to great length and would continue to do the needful in addressing and managing the issues surrounding the sad occurrence.
As required for proper identification of the bodies, Idris said the LSD&FC has completed the matching of bodies recovered from the Fire Incident. He said, “The identities of the victims who were completely burnt beyond recognition could not be verified using the traditional identification methods. This necessitated the use of DNA Forensic investigation as an alternative method for identification of all the human remains recovered by the Lagos State Emergency Services.”
The commissioner said all recovered victim remains were taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
He said, “On July 5th 2018, samples from the incident were picked up by LSD&FC staff from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Forensic Pathologist, under secured chain of custody. Reference DNA profiles were generated at LSD&FC from representative family members and compared to the DNA profiles generated from the victims samples received from the Forensic Pathologist.
“Based on the DNA analysis performed at LSD&FC, all victim samples were successfully matched to relatives’ samples. Nine (9) bodies have been successfully matched to 9 families, out of the 11 families that showed up at LSD&FC.
“They are now ready to be handed over to the rightful families for necessary burial arrangements. Collection of the these remains will commence from 10.00am today, July 28, 2018 at the Seminar Room of the Pathology & Forensic Medicine Department of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.”
As a government, Idris said, “We share the concerns and anxiety of the affected families and associates on the identification and the need for prompt release of the remains of their loved ones. However we believe that the thorough investigation which was conducted is in the best interest of all concerned.
“We wish to reiterate that the entire cost of management and treatment of the surviving victims and DNA forensics for the dead and their families was borne by the State Government.”
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