By Muhyideen Jimoh
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has established a modern forensic unit to protect critical infrastructure and national asset across the country.
The NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr. Emmanuel Okeh, said on Tuesday in Abuja the forensic unit was one of our responses to the challenges face within the Criminal Justice System.
He quoted the Commandant-General of the Corps, Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu, as saying that facility would continue to provide litigation support for the Corps and the Country at large.
He presided over the basic Training Programme for Forensic Desk Officers entitled “Fundamentals of Forensics in Evidence Collection, Analysis and Litigation support” held at the Corps Academy in Sauka, Abuja.
He was represented by the Acting Deputy Commandant-General in charge of Operations, Mr,Hillary Made.
He stressed that the training was crucial, especially in the area of analysing evidence for prosecution of those working against the progress and development of the country.
Muhammadu said that the Corps needed good record keeping and critical analysis for further investigation and prosecution.
The NSCDC boss also thanked the Nigerian Military for training some of its personnel in different areas and sought for further cooperation in other areas of need.
Earlier, the Guest Speaker, the Army Provost Marshal, Brig.- Gen. Ayuba Hamman, commended the NSCDC for floating the forensic facility.
He said that all law enforcement agencies require training in forensics as a pre-requisite for the proper discharge of their responsibilities.
He noted that in recent times, crime had assumed a very complex and sophisticated dimension requiring the use of sophisticated gadgets and aids to investigate, detect and prevent crime. (NAN)