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Disquiet, As Police Kill Tanker Driver, Mob Set Bank Ablaze In Apapa

Disquiet, As Police Kill Tanker Driver, Mob Set Bank Ablaze In Apapa

A version of the account had it that truck drivers who usually queued along the major road waiting for their turn to load petroleum products from tank farms in the axis, blocked entrance into companies, including banks, at about 10 a.m.

An angry mob set two banks in Apapa, Lagos, on fire on Wednesday after a policeman attached to a Diamond Bank branch on Burma Road, allegedly shot and killed a trailer driver.

In its reaction, Sterling Bank said: "An armed mobile policeman fleeing from an irate mob after shooting a tanker driver disrupted banking operations at our branch on Creek Road this morning".

"The fire at the banks was put out by the police and other security agencies as the tanker driver, identified as Azeez was rushed immediately to the hospital for treatment", he said.

The shooting of the driver reportedly occurred after an argument over the indiscriminate parking of trailers in front of the bank.

Olarinde Famous, spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, who confirmed the incident, said the trigger-happy mobile policeman had been arrested. However, unconfirmed reports said he was angered by the refusal of the driver to give money demanded, which is common practice between security agents and truck drivers in Apapa.

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The two banks set ablaze by the mob. The driver's colleagues then moved to set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables.

This is even as irate truckers burnt Diamond bank and Sterling bank, both located at Creek road in the ensuing concussion. The rioters were seen molesting bank staff and customers before the security officers arrived.

Also speaking with Nigerian Tribune, a staff of Diamond bank who declined not to have his name in print stated that staff of the bank were trapped inside the bank during the riot and the fire.

Police say calm has been restored in the area.

While the soldiers doused the situation, the policemen were on ground to prevent some hoodlums, who had taken advantage of the situation, to loot the banks and vandalise some cars parked within the premises of the banks. "While these investigations are ongoing, the branch will be closed to customers for their safety and to allow for completion of all repairs".

A policeman attached to the bank was said to have objected and in the process, a brawl ensued.