Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Ijero local government area of Ekiti state, Babatunde Babade, aged forty five, has been arrested alongside two others; Ilesanmi Shola, thirty five and Babajide Johnson, forty five, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, for illicit drug trafficking.
A statement signed by the Director Media and Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters Abuja, Femi Babafemi, said the transport union leader was caught with fifty two point five kilograms of skunk in Akure, the Ondo state capital following intelligence report that he was conveying bags of the banned drug in his blue Mazda car with from Akure to Ekiti state.
The statement noted that Babade, in his statement, after his arrest, admitted he owns the vehicle used for conveying the drug adding 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 sixty thousand naira from him, before he later ran into NDLEA officers while on his way back to Ekiti.
The statement also stated that officers of the Benue state command of the Agency have intercepted another suspected interstate drug trafficker, twenty nine years old Odinaka Ugwuanyi along Apir road, Makurdi with one hundred and twenty four thousand tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol-5, all weighing twenty two point five five kilograms.
The suspect who was arrested on Saturday in a commercial vehicle, said he hails from Nsukka local government area of Enugu state.
He however 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.
Reacting to the arrests, Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, retiref Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa, commended the doggedness of the commanders, officers and men of the Ondo and Benue state Commands of the Agency in the ongoing offensive against drug barons, traffickers and peddlers.
He charged them and officers in other commands to remain resolute in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.more.