The Importance of DNA Tests

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The DNA test, also known as “Paternal testing,” has become an excellent method for determining who a child’s father is.

When a woman has multiple partners, it raises questions about the paternity of a child born in that situation.

DNA testing has become a delicate subject. However, there are other reasons why the test is carried out.

For example, it could be used to check genetic similarities, disease predisposition, genetic mutations and defects, visa and immigration applications, legal instructions in a will, adoption and child support, establishing paternity in surrogacy and IVF pregnancies, and so on.

DNA testing can be an extremely emotional experience for everyone involved, and the results of a DNA test can be life-changing.

Are you unsure about your child’s paternity? Do you require immediate assistance today? Alternatively, you may have been asked by legal authorities to provide proof of your relationship to a child.

There are accredited hospitals that provide DNA tests in every country, including Nigeria, and most of these health institutions are available 24/7.

Famous Instances Of Paternity Fraud Uncovered After DNA Tests

DNA tests have become a popular method of determining a child’s paternity as well as a useful tool in criminal investigations.

Paternity testing can identify a child’s father with 99.99 percent certainty. For definitive answers, a simple cheek-swab test is all that is required.

Indeed, the possibility of DNA test results disrupting “peaceful” homes exists.

Below, we highlight some famous paternity frauds uncovered after DNA tests were conducted.

Nii Odartey Lamptey

Nii Odartey Lamptey, a former Ghanaian international footballer, was confronted with one of the most heinous situations a man can face.

Through DNA testing, the former Aston Villa player discovered that all three of his children — children he has fathered and cared for since their birth — are not his biological children.

This means he has spent nearly his entire married life (approximately 20 years) raising children who are not biologically his.

Lamptey claims he suspected his wife of cheating on him and ordered a DNA test to prove it. His suspicions were confirmed by the test.

Despite having suspected his wife of infidelity for some time, Lamptey chose to stay in the marriage out of love for her and the stability of a business chain that they jointly own.

Lamptey eventually divorced his wife.

Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti, a four-time Grammy nominee, addressed the results of a paternity test that revealed the true paternity of some of his children in December 2014.

The Afrobeat king revealed during the interview that he was not the biological father of two of his children.

Femi Kuti claimed that a DNA test he had taken revealed this.

He was hurt and disappointed to learn that the children were not biologically his. “I had no idea someone could offer you something that wasn’t yours,” he explained.

According to Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s eldest son, the revelation was made public in 2006. “And there was already a rumour in the Shrine that one of my children didn’t look like me, and my sister advised me to address the issue.” “I took all of my children for DNA testing for security and family reasons, and I discovered that two out of five were not my children,” he explained.

He also stated that after making this discovery, he returned the children to their mothers.

Duncan Mighty

Duncan Mighty, popularly known as Port Harcourt’s first son, made a lengthy Instagram post on Friday, 4 December 2020.

In the post, he accused his wife, Vivien, of infidelity and attempting to seize his assets by causing him harm.

He also revealed that he had a DNA test that proved he was not the biological father of his daughter, Mitchell.

In the post, he stated that Mitchell’s father is a certain Mr Frank.

“Mr FRANK is Brights best friend whom is responsible for taking them to the highest and most powerful JuJu. FRANK and Bright are the fathers of Mitchell as DNA (test) has proven me negative,” He penned.

The 37-year old Mighty and Vivien had been married for five years and had three children together.

Tunde Thomas

Tunde Thomas, also known as Tunde Gentle, was a Nigerian banker and associate director of GDL Nigeria.

He was married to Moyo Thomas, an employee of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), and “they had two kids.”

Tunde later discovered that his wife was having an affair with her boss, Adam Nuru, the MD of FCMB, who turned out to be their two children’s biological father.

A DNA test was not initially performed to determine the paternity of the children. However, it was reported that Moyo informed her husband that she was leaving Nigeria with the children for the United States, only to call him upon arrival and inform him that the children did not belong to him.

As a result of the revelation, Tunde suffered a stroke, but he recovered.

Tunde returned home from work on December 15, 2020, only to collapse and die instantly by his staircase. The cause of death, according to the autopsy report, was heart failure.

MKO Abiola

Chief MKO Abiola died in detention in July 1998, after being imprisoned for declaring himself the winner of Nigeria’s annulled presidential election in 1993 by former military dictator Sani Abacha.

Abiola left a Will, dated October 25, 1989, which included a provision requiring all of his children to undergo DNA testing before inheriting any portion of his estate.

He made an exception for six of his children: five from his first marriage and one from his second marriage.

For nine years, the Abiola family said little about the late business mogul’s estate, until the estate administrator revealed the DNA test results to the public.

Later, it was revealed that 25 of the children allegedly failed the DNA test.

So far, 37 children have been confirmed to be DNA compliant, in addition to the six exempted children and another seven who died but were not named in the Will.

There are a total of 21 children who have yet to take the DNA test.