EU FUNDED PROJECT SPONSORS FORENSIC EVIDENCE WORKSHOP

Forensic experts from the United Kingdom and United States of America provided basic training to judges and prosecutors on the use of forensic evidence from 28-29 September. For more than one year, the experts have been mentoring the staff of the forensic lab of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on forensic fingerprints identification and computer forensics. The on-going forensic mentoring programme forms a strategic component of a 25 Million Euro programme funded by the European Union aimed at upgrading the operational capacity of the EFCC. This programme, which is being implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has been providing support to the EFCC in several areas, including the establishment of a world-class IT system, training and mentoring, as well as several research and advocacy initiatives.  The support provided by UNODC to the forensic lab will ensure that "EFCC agents prove cases which would otherwise be difficult to prove, increase the number of convictions by EFCC prosecutors and protect innocent people who may have been wrongly accused". The mentors also support the laboratory in the development of standards, protocols, procedures, and workflows consistent with the international standards and best practices for forensic laboratories.