A Professor of molecular biology and cytogenetics, Boniface Okon Ekpo, has called the Federal Government to set in motion a machinery to profile and DNA fingerprint known and suspected criminals, fraudsters, terrorists in the country in the short term as a way of curbing the security challenges facing the nation.
Professor Ekpo who made the call, while delivering the 42nd Inaugural Lecture of the Abia State University on the topic, ” MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: REVEALING THE ORDER AND SYMPHONISTS OF THE LIFE ORCHESTRA”, further stated that in the long run, Federal government should draw up plans to DNA fingerprint the entire citizenry.
According to him, if there is DNA profiles of crime convicts, suspects and others in data banks, it will be easy to speedily identify and track down criminals from bio- materials recovered at crime scenes.
Earlier in his remarks, the Vice Chancellor and Chairman on the occasion, Professor E. Uche Ikonne, explained that life is about orderliness, and enjoined people to embrace orderliness and dicipline in their daily lives.
Professor Ikonne used the forum to thank the Governor, and visitor to the University, Okezie Ikpeazu, Ph.D, for the attention he is continually given the University in all areas, including the recent restoration of solar powered street lights in the University.
In a vote of thanks, the Director of Research and Publications, Professor Victor Nwaugo, thanked the Vice Chancellor, the Inaugural Lecturer, members of the Academia, and others who graced the event, adding that Life itself is based on order and everything is by divine providence.
High point of the event was the formal presentation of the Lecturer’s Academic Driving Licence to the Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne, and the admission of the Inaugural Lecturer, into the body of Distinguished Professors.