Paternity fraud in Nigeria

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Paternity fraud in Nigeria is the pretence that a Nigerian father is the legitimate and biological father of a child. It usually occurs when a woman deliberately misidentifies a man as the biological and legitimate father of her child.[1] This fraudulent act led the man to believe a biological connection with a child of another man and sometimes remain undetected for several years. In most cases, women are often aware that the presumed biological father is not genetically linked with the child. A Durex survey suggested that Nigerian women are the most unfaithful in the world and a DNA expert from Lagos University Teaching Hospital claimed that 30% of Nigerian men are not the biological father of all the children in their custody.[2]


The major causes of paternity fraud in Nigeria had been attributed to "infidelity, adultery and increase in sexual recklessness among Nigerian couples" together with "poor family planning". Mix-ups in maternity hospitals are an additional factor in failed paternity tests: in these cases maternity test will fail too.[3]


  1. ^ "P-Square stars paternity dispute London baby his first child says family source". Sahara reporters. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Paternity Fraud in Nigeria: Are You Your Baby's Daddy". Thisdaylive. Archived from the original on August 1, 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Why every father should support paternity test:expert". Archived from the original on 24 November 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2015.