LFS 2021

LFS 2021 took place August 10 – 11, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns for the health and safety of all, the 2021 Symposium was virtual. You can find the Program Booklet here.

Meeting Goals/Purpose

The 5th Annual Lagos Forensic Symposium (LFS) organized by the Lagos State Government, Lagos State DNA & Forensic Center (LSD&FC), GIZ German Embassy, Nigeria  and ITSI-Biosciences, Johnstown, PA, USA took place August 10-11, 2021.

LFS 2021 brought together experts in Forensic Biology, Toxicology, Chemistry, Crime Scene Processing, Crime Scene Investigation, Arson Investigations, Trace Evidence, Forensic Pathology, Prosecution, Defense and Humanitarian Forensics.

Target Audience

The target audience includes Judges, Magistrates, Lawyers, Legislators, Police, Immigration, Customs, Investigators, Forensic Pathologist/Scientists, Medical practitioners, Emergency Responders, Fire Brigade, Investigative Journalists, Students and the Press.

Posters

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PO-01: Application of age- old forensics to investigation

Lieutenant Ayodeji Owoyomi, Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, Nigeria

PO-02: Quantification and purity assessment of trace DNA extracted from latex hand gloves

Samuels Eleojo John, African Center for Excellence (ACENTDFB), Forensic Biotechnology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

PO-03: The forensic microbiome: investigation of the microbiome for time since death estimation and human identification

Onengiye Ogbanga, Andrew Nelson, Sarah Gino and Noemi Procopio, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University, New Castle Upon Tyne, UK and Dept of Health Sciences, University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy

PO-04: The imperative of a regulatory framework for the establishment of a National Crime DNA database in Nigeria

Osinibi, Olusegun Michael, Dept of Private Law, Faculty of Law, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria

PO-05: Forensic graphology a vital tool for criminal investigations

Nwanyigor Nnamdi, Centre For Forensic Programme and DNA Studies, University Of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria

PO- 06: HIV – forensics: identification of HIV antigens and antibodies on blood-stained clothes

Idris MA, Onwumere GB, Babadoko AA, Bakare TB, Nasir U, Wada R and Abba G. Department of Haematology & Blood Transfusion Services, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria, Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna State, Nigeria, Antiretroviral Treatment Laboratory, ABU Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State Nigeria and School of Health Technology, Makarfi, Kaduna State Nigeria

Presentations

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Good Will Messages

PA-01: Forensic Science Awareness: Its importance to effective public safety

Barry Fisher, Senior Forensic Science Advisor, Park Dietz and Associates, Los Angeles, CA, USA

PA-02: LSD&FC Update

Dr. Richard I Somiari, Center Director, LSD&FC, Lagos, Nigeria

PA-03: The Role of Forensic Sciences in Clarifying the Fate of Missing Persons

Damilola Esther Fagbohun, Forensic Program Assistant, ICRC, Nigeria

and

Juan Manuel Guerrero Rodriguez, Forensic Specialist, ICRC, Nigeria

PA-05: The importance of forensic evidence in judicial proceedings in Nigeria

Hon Justice Lateefa Abisola Okunnu, Lagos State High Court, Lagos, Nigeria

PA-06: What’s done cannot be undone: The potential of forensic DNA testing

Dr. Michael Coble, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center for Human Identification, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA

PA-07: Forensic evidence and judicial proceedings

Hon Judge Ann Claire Williams (Ret.), Of Counsel, Jones Day, Chicago, USA

and

Hon Judge Marian F. Gaston, Assistant Presiding Judge, San Diego Superior Court, Juvenile Division, San Diego, CA, USA

PA-08: Use of Forensics to Resolve a Rape, Homicide, Attempted Homicide and Burglary Case in Lagos

Adesola Onabanjo, MS, Forensic DNA Analyst, LSD&FC, Lagos, Nigeria

PA-09: Using DNA to resolve biological relationship disputes

Victoria Osidipe, Forensic DNA Analyst, LSD&FC, Lagos, Nigeria

PA-10: Use of DNA in missing persons identification

Afeez Akande, Forensic DNA Analyst, LSD&FC, Lagos, Nigeria

PA-12: The evolution of the coroner system to a medicolegal death investigation framework in Zambia

Dr Luchenga “Adam” Mucheleng’anga, Forensic Pathologist, Zambia Medicolegal Death Investigation System, Lusaka, Zambia

PA-13: Role of the Forensic Pathologists in the Justice System

Dr Ronald K. Wright MD JD FAAFS FNAME, Forensic Pathologist, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

PA-14: Understanding Forensic Genealogy

Arthur Young, Forensic Specialist, Guardian Forensic Sciences, Abington, PA, USA

PA-15: DNA in human Identification

Dr. Michael Coble, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center for Human Identification, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA

PA-17: Latent Fingerprint Development and Analysis

Shawn Dolan, Latent Fingerprint Examiner, Forensic Consulting Associates of New England, Belmont, MA, USA

PA-18: The integration of forensic science, military operations, and law enforcement investigations as a unified means of combating insecurity in Nigeria

Lieutenant Ayodeji Owoyomi, Special Investigator, Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, Nigeria

PA-19: Forensics on the Wild Side

Dr. Brandt Cassidy, President, Trace Helix Consulting LLC, Norman, OK, USA

Vote of Thanks & Final Remarks

Organizing/Program Committee

ITSI – Biosciences, LLC, Johnstown, PA, USA/LSD&FC.

  • Dr. Richard I. Somiari.
  • Arthur W. Young.
  • David A. Green.
  • Dr. Stella A. Somiari.
  • Vivian Ehziem.
  • Olamide Adeyemo.
  • Ife Komolafe.
  • Haoma Amadi.
  • Otonye Dago.
  • Ishaku D. Pennap.
  • Maureen Dakahap.

Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Lagos, Nigeria.

  • Ms. T.K. Shitta-Bey – Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary
  • Mrs. Kehinde Taiwo – Director, Commercial Law
  • Iretiola Saseyi
  • Olamide Ibrahim
  • Oluseun Sogbesan
  • Bola Akinsete

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are sponsorship opportunities. Sponsors will be acknowledged and showcased during the symposium. Please contact LFS By email or phone (info@laforensic.org; +234 (0) 806-612-0847 or +234 (0) 807-553-7342) to find out how you can be part of this program.  

For Assistance

For any assistance please send an email to info@laforensic.org or call +234 (0) 806-612-0847 or +234 (0) 807-553-7342.