U.S. Consulate General Lagos
2 Walter Carrington
Victoria Island, Lagos
460-3600 or (234)-1-(NNN) NNN-NNNNbr/>Fax:
They do give a list of who they consider to be reputable lawyers in Nigeria who you can also contact depending on the state where you were married.
I think that would be the smartest thing to do and have them do a check of the local marriage registry for you.
Available from local government bodies if the couple performed civil marriage at the Marriage Registry. Traditional marriages may also be recorded with the local government and a certificate of marriage issued. Places of worship that are registered with the Nigerian Government may also issue marriage certificates for ceremonies performed there. It is obligatory
that every registrar and religious minister furnish such documents to the Lagos Marriage Registry, but some fail to do so. Records are generally available through the local government where the marriage took place. The Marriage Registry in Lagos has marriage records dating back to 1802. They are filed by year and place of marriage and can be obtained by writing to the Marriage Registry,XXXXX Ikoyi, Lagos. Since both parties to the marriage technically must be physically present at the same location with witnesses to sign certain marriage documents, proxy marriages have ceased to be valid but still occur.
As I am sure you are aware there is huge fraud issues in that country so your best bet is to have a lawyer there look at the marriage registry where the marriage allegedly took place.