The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, has arrested 45 years Achegbulu Paul for operating an illegal blood bank in his one room apartment at Number 18 Kusa bus stop in Bariga, with children as donors.
The suspect, Paul was arrested on June 9th after he drew four pints of blood from 17 years old Ayomide Adesanya on Monday June 4 and Saturday June 9. He took two pints each on the two days.
The medical lab technician of 18 Kusa bus stop Bariga would lure under aged kids, pay them 2,000 naira each while he sold the blood for 7,000.
The Police Commissioner led operatives of the Command to Bariga to see the blood bank and paid a visit to the victim at the hospital after the case got to the Command.
“The illegal blood bank was uncovered after the last victim was hospitalised. Adesanya became weak after donating four pints of blood, collapsed and is currently receiving treatment at the Bariga Hospital. The mother told us that the daughter’s friend informed them of Adesanya’s condition after she saw him on a bike looking like a corpse. Upon arrest, the illegal blood vendor confessed to sell blood to a hospital here in Lagos for 7,000 naira” the police Commissioner said
The suspect further stated that the victim told him that he was 20 years old.
“It was until the parents came to confront me that I knew he was 17 years old”.
According to the suspect, Mr Paul, a Benue State indegene, he was trained as a lab scientist at the Nigerian Institute of Science Technology in Plateau.
“I am a trained technician and I’ve been operating the illegal blood bank for five years now,” he confessed.
The survivor has been transferred to shomolu general hospital by his parents for better medical care, Ayomide was transfused with the 2nd pint of blood at about 5pm yesterday June 12th.
The Commissioner of police has directed that all those buying blood from the suspect to be investigated and arrested because they run an illegal blood bank. The blood was not screened of HIV, Hepatitis among others.