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THE STATE OF FORENSIC SCIENCE IN CRIME INVESTIGATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE IN NIGERIA
ABSTRACT: In Nigeria crime rates and insecurity have become high over the last years. Nigeria has been on the global crime map since 1980 and the nature of crimes ravaging Nigeria includes armed robbery, murder, rape, fraud, human trafficking, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and terrorism. The sophistication in terms of how these crimes are perpetrated in Nigeria has made traditional crime investigative techniques unproductive and ineffective. The Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies still rely mainly on eye witness testimonies, circumstantial evidence, and confessions where others failed, a combination of two or all is considered a thorough and detailed investigation as far as they are concerned. Whereas, the most important source of evidence; forensic evidence which is more reliable, authentic, concrete and productive are criticized and underutilized. With the use of available secondary data, the research work examined the state of forensic science in crime investigation and administration of justice in Nigeria
Key words: Forensic science, Crime, Crime Investigation, Justice, police, administration of justice.