Chairman of the 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 drug.
The transport union leader was caught with 52.5kilograms of an illicit drug, skunk in Akure,the Ondo state capital . The spokesman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency,(NDLEA), Femi Babafemi said the suspect was intercepted 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.
In his statement, Babade,popularly known as BB admitted he owns the vehicle used for conveying the drug.
Babade further confessed 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 (N60, 000) from him, before he later ran into NDLEA officers while on his way back to Ekiti.
In another development, officers of the Benue state command of the NDLEA have intercepted another suspected interstate 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 kilograms.
The suspect who was arrested in a commercial vehicle, said he is 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.