- Enanga urged parents who are carrying out DNA tests to always look out for laboratories licensed and certified by the Ministry of Health to avoid cases of fake or forged results.
Police have warned parents who carry out DNA tests for their children against publishing their faces in the media because it violates the rights of children.
For the last two months there have been media reports of parents, especially fathers conducting DNA tests on their children to determine whether they are their biological children but on many occasions the results have come out negative.
Fred Enanga the police spokesperson warned that taking pictures and recording of children’s videos violates and demoralizes children when they are posted in media which he said should be condemned and stopped immediately.
He warned the public against the mushrooming of DNA testing centers around the country.
Enanga urged parents who are carrying out DNA tests to always look out for laboratories licensed and certified by the Ministry of Health to avoid cases of fake or forged results.
He also pointed out that many facilities conducting these DNA tests lack genetic counselors to provide guidance and support to the affected parties after receiving the results.
"This absence of counseling often leaves the children, fathers, or mothers in a state of confusion,” Enanga said.
He noted that where a mother has evidence to prove that a paternity test is not accurate or there is fraud, they should file a complaint with Police or consult a lawyer.
"You can also request a second test, if you are concerned about falsified or inaccurate paternity test results,"he stated