Eight families have showed up today for DNA test in connection with the Otedola Link Bridge explosion that led to the death of 12 people on June 28, 2018.
However Head of the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre, Dr Richard Somiari said that more families were still expected to visit the facility in connection with the deadly explosion.
He also said that the duration needed to complete the DNA process and results interpretation could not be ascertained because of protocols involved, due to the magnitude of the accident.
According to him, two processes are involved; the actual DNA matching and the process by the pathologist who will take samples from the remains that were recovered.
“There are two categories of people that come for the testing, those who believe strongly that their family members died and need to be identified. The other category includes people who just do not know because the family person is missing. So, we will expect that those two categories of people will come”
“The actual process in our laboratory is fast. The thing is the quality of the sample that is coming from the victim. So, until we get those samples from the pathologist, we do not know how long it will take. If it is significantly degraded, then it means we have to go through multiple steps of isolation and clean up before we do the profile generation. These samples are not as clean as reference samples and we do not want to make a mistake in the process. We realize that everybody will like to get the result fast and bring a closure to this but at the same time we want to be careful“ he said.