Banks set ablaze after Policeman Allegedly killed 3 Trailer Drivers 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.

There was pandemonium on Wednesday at Apapa area of Lagos State after a policeman attached to a branch Diamond Bank reportedly shot and killed a truck driver.

The inferno was said to have spread to a second bank nearby, forcing it as well as other banks in the area to shut down.

Trouble, it was gathered, started Wednesday morning when a mobile policeman shot the trailer driver.

Police Authorities in Lagos State say one of its official accused of shooting a tanker driver in Apapa Wharf has been arrested. When the policemen attached to the first bank shot at the tanker drivers, they regrouped and stormed the bank in anger.

It was gathered that the firemen had to leave the area for fear of being brutalised by the tanker drivers and their fire trucks vandalised.

Speaking on anonymity, a senior police officer said, "Those tanker drivers are very irrational".

This is even as irate truckers burnt Diamond bank and Sterling bank, both located at Creek road in the ensuing concussion.

Angered by the killing and the bank's refusal to hand over the policeman to them, the driver's colleagues moved to set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables.

Apparently, the police officer ran to Sterling Bank to escape being lynched.

It took the intervention of some soldiers deployed from the Signal Corps of the Nigerian Army (NA) to restore sanity to the area.

"The security operatives attached to the branch prevented the mob from entering the branch while evacuating staff and customers before the arrival of police reinforcement. Sterling Bank is working with security agencies to resolve the issue".

"We wish to inform all our customers that normal services will continue at nearby branches and through all our electronic channels", a statement from Sterling bank said. "While these investigations are ongoing, the branch will be closed to customers for their safety and to allow for completion of all repairs".

According to him, "The mobile policeman that killed Tunde was attached to Diamond Bank".

  • Anthony Vega