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DNA testing proves woman’s claim to missing child is false

An independent DNA test revealed that a woman claiming to be the mother of a lost child, Mrs Ethers Tanko, is not the mother.

Dr Isuajah Chukwuka, a Clinical Pathologist, presented the findings to the Independent Investigative Panel on alleged human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, in Abuja.

He said there was no maternal relationship between the child and the woman, “the woman’s and child’s genotypes did not share 9 out of 16 markers.

When Dr Uju Agomo, a panel member, inquired about the error margin of the laboratory test, the pathologist said it was zero point zero-zero one, adding that the outcome was 99.9% accurate.

The chairman of the panel, Justice Suleiman Galadima, referred the matter to the National Human Rights Commission, stating that both the police pathologist’s report and the independent one conducted by the National Human Rights Commission ruled out the petitioner, Mrs Esther Tanko, as the child’s mother.

Mrs Esther Tanko was overcome with emotion after hearing the panel’s final judgement and was unable to interact with journalists.

She had informed the panel on November 17th last year that her son, Elijah, was abducted in Dutse, Abuja, on September 9, 2019, but was rescued by police several months later after reportedly being sold for N8 million. She claimed that despite her repeated entreaties, the police refused to release her son.

Reporting by Bose Ijelekhai, Editing by Saadatu Albashir