Defence & Security

Four injured as NDLEA officers, NURTW drivers clash in Osun

By Paul Michael

No fewer than four persons were reportedly injured during a clash between operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and some members of National Union of Road and Transport Workers (NURTW) in Osogbo, Osun State.

It was gathered that officials of the NDLEA were trying to arrest and seize suspected hard drugs conveyed by a vehicle when the incident occurred.

The NDLEA operatives reportedly engaged the NURTW members, Oroki branch, in a gun duel in a bid to clamp down on the vehicle with suspected cannabis.

NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, confirmed the incident, saying officials of the anti-narcotics agency were attacked while doing their legitimate duty.

“From a preliminary report I got, our men had intelligence that a vehicle was bringing in substances suspected to be hard drugs to Osogbo today (Thursday).

“They followed the vehicle to a particular garage to see who the consignment would be delivered to.

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“So at that point, they tracked the vehicle to the garage and confirmed the consignment and arrested the driver of the vehicle, then they raised the alarm and the miscreants in the garage came out with bottles, cutlasses and guns to engage our men and our command called for reinforcement which was provided.

“I think four of the miscreants were injured and they have been taken to the hospital,” Babafemi stated.


When contacted, the Chairman of the unit, Oyewale Kazeem said though he was not at the park at the time but it was reported to him that NDLEA suspected a bus driver that he was transporting substances suspected to be Indian Hemp to the park.

“When they got to the park, in an attempt to arrest the said driver, they were shooting sporadically around the park which led to four persons being injured.

“The situation angered the boys in the park and they tried to resist the NDLEA officers to limit the number of people that will sustain gunshot wounds,” Kazeem stated.

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