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 with children as donors, recovered seven pints of blood.
According to a recent release by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti,
“The suspect was arrested on 09/06/2018, 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 was said to have lured under aged kids. He paid them 2,000 naira each while he sold for 7,000.
The CP led operatives of the Command to the 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 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, a Benue State indigene, 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 being transfused with the 2nd pint of blood at about 5pm today.
The CP 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.
The Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) has however promised to assist in further search to uncover such illicit and deadly dealings.
The Executive Director of the organization, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak, has called on the Somolu unit executives of group to pay a visitation to Shomolu General Hospital for any possible assistance to the victim family.
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