Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Babatunde Babade, for allegedly trafficking in an illicit drug.
Babade, who was arrested alongside two others, Ilesanmi Shola, 35, and Babajide Johnson, was allegedly nabbed in Akure with 52.5 kilograms of skunk in his Mazda vehicle with number plate, Ekiti JER 194 AE.
The chairman was said to be travelling from Akure, Ondo State, to Ekiti State.
The NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, said Babade, in his confessional statement, admitted to owning the vehicle used in conveying the drug.
He said, “Babade, popularly called BB, was taken into custody along with others soon after his arrest around 2pm on Sunday, July 18, 2021, for interrogation. In his statement, he admitted he owned the vehicle used in conveying the drug. He 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.”
In a related development, a suspected interstate drug trafficker, Odinaka Ugwuanyi, was arrested by operatives of the Benue State command of the NDLEA along Apir Road, Makurdi, Benue State, with 124,000 tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol-5, all weighing 22.55kg.
According to Babafemi, the 29-year-old suspect was arrested on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in a commercial vehicle.
The suspect was said to have claimed that another passenger he knew who sat next to him in the vehicle dropped a bag containing the drugs with him and fled upon sighting NDLEA officers. – Punch