2 banks burnt as Policeman kills truck driver

Mob sets banks ablaze as policeman ‘kills’ tanker driver

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. The branch's reception area was vandalised and set ablaze.

Angered by the incident, the mob, most of which were said to be the driver's colleagues, reportedly set the bank on fire and also the nearby bank building when they learned that the policeman was hiding there.

"We are no longer going to tolerate the act of lawlessness and impunity by members of the public", the statement read.

"Security operatives attached to the bank disarmed and arrested the fleeing mobile policeman but did not hand him over to the irate mob".

Reports about what really happened are unclear at the time of filing the story, but trouble had reportedly started around 10am over the indiscriminate parking of trailers by the drivers. While the situation is under control, we are working with the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to investigate actions leading to the fire incident. Angered by the killing, the tanker drivers regrouped, and after setting the bank ablaze, they also burned a branch of Sterling Bank.

Another version of the account said the erring mobile policeman was attached to one of the banks.

Also, many vehicles belonging go staffs of both banks had their windscreens smashed.

A report from Sterling Bank said an armed mobile policeman fleeing from an irate mob after shooting a tanker driver disrupted banking operations as he ran into the premises of the bank to escape being lynched.

According to the command's spokesperson, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, police received a distress call from the Chief Security Officer of a new generation bank located in the area which they responded to. Some other policemen attached to Sterling bank refused to hand him over to the angry truckers, that was why Sterling bank was burnt along with Diamond bank.

"Our staff were trapped inside the bank during the chaos, they had to hide inside the vault until the fire fighters came around to put off the fire".

The corpse of the dead truck driver was said to have been deposited at the Apapa General Hospital.

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