One Achegbulu Paul has been arrested on Tuesday by the Lagos State Police Command for operating an illegal blood bank in his room.
The command said they recovered seven Pints of blood at the home of the suspect.
The suspect, a 45-year-old indigene of Benin State while being paraded told journalists that he was trained as a lab scientist at the Nigerian Institute of Science and Technology in Plateau State.
“I am a trained technician and I’ve been operating the illegal blood bank for five years now,” he claimed
The illegal blood dealer was arresred when it was discovered that he collected four pints of blood from a 17-year-old Ayomide Adesanya within a space of 1 week , Monday June 4 and Sunday June 10, collecting two pints on each day.
The suspect’s mode of operation is to lure teenagers with the sum of N2,000 to take their blood which he in turn sells for N7,000 per pint.
Police Spokesman in Lagos, SP ChikeOti, visited the victim(Adesanya) together with CP Imohimi. Narrating the incident he said:
“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.”
Ebenezer Omejalile, cordinator, Child Protection Network, while reacting to the incident insisted that the police investigate and arrest as everyone who bought blood from the suspect because they are accomplices to this crime.
He lamented the dangers and risks invloved in buying blood from an illegal blood bank “The blood was not screened of HIV, Hepatitis among others.” He said.