DNA data bank planned to thwart terrorists
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – AMID the devastating impact of the Boko Haram terror, Nigeria plans to establish a Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) data-bank to thwart the terrorists as well as reunite children and parents separated by the crisis.
Out of the 2 million internally displaced persons in Nigeria, 6 000 are children, aged below five years, who have been separated from their parents.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has described this as a human catastrophe.
“What we are looking at is the use of DNA to try and match those children with parents. The DNA data-bank is really what we are looking at,” said Onyeama.
“And we could ultimately extend the data-bank to the whole country because we know that for a lot of countries, it is through their comprehensive DNA data-bank that they use in tracking terrorists and that is also going to
help us in intelligence gathering,” he stated.
Speaking in Abuja at the just-concluded Regional Security Summit, attended by regional leaders, he said the DNA data-bank would also help track criminal elements, especially terrorists in the country.
The Islamic militant Boko Haram sect is perpetrating a violent campaign to carve an Islamic state in Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country of over 180 million people.
Its terror, which has claimed the lives of more than 20 000 people, has spilled to neighouring countries.
– CAJ News
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