Wonders they say shall never end as mysterious discoveries are made daily by residents and security operatives across communities in Lagos State.
On Saturday, June 9, 2018, residents of Kusa, a street located few metres away from the popular Lady Lak bus stop in Bariga community, Lagos Mainland, were going about their daily activities normally until hell was let loose when security operatives stormed the area in search of a suspect who runs an illegal blood bank.
According to the Police, the suspect, Achegbulu Paul, a resident at 18, Kusa Bus stop, Bariga, operates an illegal blood bank in his one-room apartment where he specifically use teenagers as donors paying them a paltry sum of N2,000 (Two Thousand Naira) for a pint of blood donated.
Prior to his arrest, he was alleged to have drawn blood from children in the community at intervals. He, however, met his waterloo when he drew four pints of blood from a victim, Ayomide Adesanya on Monday, June 4 and Saturday, June 9, 2018, respectively.
Speaking to InsideMainland, a resident in the two-storey said the suspect had lived in the apartment for a few years. She noted that he was popular among teenagers who mostly frequent his one-room apartment. “He receives visitors but I don’t pay too much attention to what happens in anyone’s apartment. I was shocked when the Police came here with crowd gathered in front of the house asking to see him and his eventual arrest,” she said.
Another source who craved anonymity said: “He lives the life of a loner because we barely knew people around him except the boys who come often times. Since the house is a big one with different rooms, one could barely get to know what was happening in each other’s apartment except the usual sound of music and loudspeakers.
“The situation became public knowledge because the victim lives not far from here. The boys parents were very angry that the incident could have claimed his life forcing them to report the case to the Police.”
Meanwhile, a Police source told InsideMainland that; “The suspect has been in the trade for some time now. He uses teenagers specifically and pays them a token under the guise of donating blood.
“He was arrested because his last victim was hospitalized due to the amount of blood drawn from the teenager leading to his weakness. The victim was immediately rushed to a hospital in the area for urgent care.
“It was at the hospital that the girl was tested and discovered to be short of blood. Her confession to her parents led to the case being reported to the Police before the eventual discovery of the illegality committed by the suspect.”
On his arrest, InsideMainland gathered that the case was immediately reported to Policemen at the Police before a team led by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, alongside officers from Pedro Police Division, Bariga, Lagos Mainland, mobilized to the area yesterday, Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
Speaking on the incident, the Police boss said; “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.”
According to the Police, the suspect confessed to running an illegal blood bank and also selling the blood to a hospital in Lagos for N7,000 (Seven Thousand Naira).
In his confession, the suspect said the victim told him he was 20 years old. “It was until the parents came to confront me that I knew he was 17 years old,” he told the Police.
In addition, the suspect confessed to have received training as a lab scientist at the Nigerian Institute of Science Technology in Plateau.
Meanwhile, the Police chief immediately directed that all those buying blood from the suspect to be investigated and arrested due to the illegalities involved in the process.