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DNA test excludes supposed mother from claim over abducted boy

By Ameh Ochojila, Abuja
02 December 2021   |   4:04 am
A DNA test ordered by the Independent Investigative Panel on allegations of human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has shown that a woman, Ethers Tanko, is not the mother of a missing child she had been laying claim to.

A DNA test ordered by the Independent Investigative Panel on allegations of human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has shown that a woman, Ethers Tanko, is not the mother of a missing child she had been laying claim to.

Presenting the result before the panel, Dr. Isuajah Chukwuka, a clinical pathologist at a private laboratory in Abuja, said samples collected from the alleged mother and the child proved there was no relationship between them.

He said clinical analyses indicated the genotype of the woman and child did not share similarities in nine out of 16 markers.

Asked the error margin of the test by a member of the panel, Dr. Uju Agomo, the pathologist said it was 0.0001, adding it was 99.99 per cent accurate.

Chairman of the panel, Justice Suleiman Galadima, thereafter, referred the case back to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), since a police pathologist report and the independent one carried out by NHRC excluded Mrs. Tanko from being the mother.

He also commended the police for diligently investigating the matter.

On hearing the final verdict, Tanko broke down in tears and was too emotional to speak with journalists.

She had told the panel on November 17, last year, that her son, Elijah, was kidnapped in Dutse, Abuja, on September 9, 2019, but was rescued by the police, months later, after he had been allegedly sold for N8 million. She had alleged the police refused to release the boy to her despite several entreaties.