Lagos Police Uncovers Illegal Blood Bank, Recovers 7 Pints

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Rebecca Ejifoma

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, has arrested 45 years Achegbulu Paul for operating an illegal blood bank in his one room with children as donors, recovered seven pints of blood.

According to police report, Achegbulu was arrested  after he drew four pints of blood from 17 years old Ayomide Adesanya on Monday June 4 and Sunday June 10. 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.

According to the PPRO Lagos, SP Chike Oti, 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,” police disclosed.

The PPRO Lagos told THISDAY that upon arrest, the illegal blood vendor confessed to sell blood to a hospital here in Lagos for 7,000 naira.

When THISDAY spoke with the suspect, he alleged the victim told him that he was 20 years old. “It was until the parents came to confront me.”

According to Achegbule, 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.

According to Child Protection Network, Shomolu Coordinator, Mr. Ebenezer Omejalile, who reported to the police on learning this, said the blood was collected with a Cannular by the laboratory technician in a stuffy, single room where his wife nurses a baby and where they urinate and baby defecates.

The survivor has been transferred to shomolu general hospital by his parents for better medical care, Ayomide was being transfused with the 2nd pant of blood at about 5pm today.

“We demand all those buying blood from the suspect to sbe investigated and arrested because they run an illegal blood bank. The blood was not screen of HIV, Hepatitis among others.”