Lagos Tanker Explosion- 9 bodies identified through DNA

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The Lagos State Government says nine bodies from the Otedola Link
Bridge fire incident which occurred on June 28 have been
successfully matched to the families.
The Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, who confirmed the
development, said that 11 families had shown up at Lagos State
DNA and Forensic Centre, LSD&FC, for testing and only nine
families had been matched.

“On July 5 2018, samples from the incident were picked
up by LSD&FC staff from the Lagos State University
Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Forensic Pathologist, under
secured chain of custody,” said Mr Idris.
“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 bodies have been successfully matched to
nine families, out of the 11 families that showed up at
LSD&FC.

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“They are now ready to be handed over to the rightful
families for necessary burial arrangements.”
He said collection of the remains would commence from 10.00am
July 28 at the Seminar Room of the Pathology & Forensic Medicine
Department of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital
(LASUTH), Ikeja.
The commissioner said that this was the first time unidentified
victims of a mass disaster had been successfully identified locally
using DNA technology.
He said that the identification process was completed in less than
four weeks after the incident as against over six months when the
practice was to take samples abroad for analysis.
“I also wish to note that rigorous effort is made in
ensuring that errors are reduced to the barest minimum in
order not to compound the agony already being
experienced by the bereaved families.
“As a government, 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,” Mr Idris added.
He said that some of the victims of the accident are currently being
treated at the Trauma & Burns Centre, Gbagada General Hospital
and LASUTH and are responding to treatment.
Ten patients were admitted at the state’s various hospitals, two
died, three have been discharged and five are still on admission.

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