The Commissioner of Police In Lagos, Imohimi Edgal, on Tuesday announced the arrest of 45-year-old Achegbulu Paul for operating an illegal blood bank in his room.
The command recovered seven pints of blood from him.
Achegbulu was arrested after he drew four pints of blood from 17-year-old Ayomide Adesanya on Monday June 4 and Sunday June 10.
He took two pints each on the two days.
Th suspect allegedly lured and paid teenagers N2,000 to take their blood which he sold for N7,000.
Police spokesman in Lagos, SP Chike Oti, said CP Imohimi visited Achegbulu‘s latest victim and also led operatives to Bariga to see the blood bank.
“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,” he said.
Speaking, the suspect claimed that the victim told him that he was 20 years old.
“It was until the parents came to confront me.”
Achegbule, a Benue State indigene, said 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 added.
Reacting, Shomolu Coordinator, Child Protection Network, Ebenezer Omejalile, who reported to the case to the police, demanded that all those who bought blood from the suspect be “investigated and arrested because they run an illegal blood bank”.
“The blood was not screened of HIV, Hepatitis among others”, Omejalile lamented.