The chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Babatunde Babade, and two others have been arrested for trafficking illicit drugs.
The Director, Media and Advocacy of NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday said that the two others arrested alongside the 45-year old NURTW chairman are Ilesanmi Shola, 35, and Babajide Johnson, 45.
The transport union leader was caught with 52.5 kg of skunk in Akure, the Ondo State capital, following intelligence that he was conveying bags of the banned drug in his 1997 model blue Mazda car with registration number: Ekiti JER194 AE, from Akure to Ekiti State.
Babade, popularly called BB, was taken into custody along with others after his arrest at about 2pm on July 18, 2021 for interrogation.
According to Babafemi, the NURTW chairman in his statement admitted that he owns the vehicle used for conveying the drug and further stated that the car was earlier intercepted by some security agents who detained the two other suspects, his car and eight bags containing Cannabis Sativa while his brother who drove the vehicle fled.
He, however, claimed that following his intervention, the security agents released the suspects and his car to him after taking two of the eight bags containing the drug and N60, 000 from him, before he later ran into NDLEA officers while on his way back to Ekiti.
Meanwhile, officers of the Benue State Command of the agency have intercepted another suspected inter-state drug trafficker, 29-year-old Odinaka Ugwuanyi, along Apir road, Makurdi, with 124,000 tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol-5, all weighing 22.55 kg.
The suspect, who was arrested at about 8am on July 17, 2021, in a commercial vehicle, said he is from Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
He claimed another passenger he knows, who sat next to him in the vehicle dropped the bag containing the drugs with him and fled upon sighting NDLEA officers.