NURTW chairman, two others  arrested in Akure for alleged drug trafficking.


Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ijero local government area of Ekiti State, Babatunde Babade for allegedly trafficking illicit drugs.

He was caught with 52.5 kg of skunk.

The NURTW boss was arrested with two other persons Ilesanmi Shola, 35, and Babajide Johnson, 45.

It was gathered that Babade before his arrest by NDLEA had run into security agents who freed him after collecting two bags of skunk and N60, 000 from him.

Director, Media & Advocacy, NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.


Babafemi said the transport union leader was caught with the illicit substance in Akure, the Ondo state capital following intelligence.

Babade 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, the statement revealed.

“Babade, popularly called BB, was taken into custody along with others soon after his arrest at about 2pm on Sunday 18th July, 2021 for interrogation.

“In his statement, he admitted he owns the vehicle used for 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,” the statement reads.