Six members of the Nigerian Armed Forces DNA Bank (AFDB) representing the Army, Navy and Air force, arrived in Johnstown, PA today to commence DNA banking and analysis training at ITSI Biosciences. The team will be in the United States for 8 months learning new DNA banking and analysis methods. According to Richard Somiari, PhD, President of ITSI Biosciences, the training is part of the strategic relationship between ITSI Biosciences and the Nigerian Defense Headquarters concerned with the establishment of a state-of-the art DNA bank and analysis center for the Nigerian military. When fully implemented, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters DNA banking initiative which is the first military large-scale DNA banking initiative of its kind in Africa will have capacity to bank DNA from up to 100,000 military personnel.

AFDB Personnel: Abiodun Ebenezer Adebiyi(Lt. Col, Army), Chidi Innocent Onuoha(L/Cpl, Army), Olarewaju Anthony Ogundele(PO Navy), Anthony Friday Akpan(FS, Air Force), Ikwoegbu Mba Igbe(Sqn. Ldr, Air Force), Livinus Ukachukwu(Lt. Cdr. Navy).