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Factcheck: No, She Was Not Arrested For Raping A 4-Year Old Boy

Claim: A news report circulating on social media and published by different blogs claims that a lady with the name, Esther Emmanuel, (picture above), a 24-year old maid, was arrested by the police in Rivers State on February, 26, 2020, for allegedly raping four-year-old boy.

The picture of the woman trended on Twitter and was shared widely on WhatsApp. It was also translated to a foreign language medium.

Verdict: False

Fact: Fact-checkers at HumAngle found out that the story is false; using available fact-checking tools.


The result of the fact-check showed that the picture of the woman had been circulating on social media for about nine months – since September, 2019.

The picture appeared on other news sources and identified the woman as Nzuba Ekene who faked to be blind and was arrested in Ekiti State for trafficking a 10-year old girl.

Another fact-checker contacted the Police Public Relation Officer, Rivers State Command, who said he was not aware of the arrest.


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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu is a senior reporter, researcher and a fact-checker. He heads the extremism and radicalisation desk. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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