A group of people have reportedly set two banks in Apapa, Lagos on fire after a policeman attached to Diamond Bank on Burma Road allegedly shot dead some trailer drivers.
The caller said hoodlums were trying to take laws into their hands by setting the bank ablaze following the shooting of a tank driver by a policeman attached to the bank during an altercation. This forced several other banks in Apapa to close for the day, forcing most port users to look elsewhere for banks to make financial transactions.
Reports alleged that the policeman allegedly shot the driver of the truck with number plate AGL 222 XC for refusing to part with N200 bribe as fees to park in front of the bank.
The corpse of the dead truck driver was said to have been deposited at the Apapa General Hospital.
"An armed mobile policeman fleeing from an irate mob after shooting a tanker driver disrupted banking operations at the Sterling Bank branch on Creek Road this morning".
Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune exclusively at the scene of the confusion, a truck driver by the name Azeez Balogun explained that Sterling Bank was burnt because they refused to handover the mobile policeman who had ran into the bank for cover after killing Tunde.More news: Cristiano Ronaldo confirms he expecting baby with girlfriend
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Speaking on anonymity, a senior police officer said, "Those tanker drivers are very irrational". The branch's reception area was vandalized and set ablaze. The rioters were seen molesting bank staff and customers before the security officers arrived.
The policemen who were attached to the bank had approached the drivers to give way for customers to come in and carry out their businesses.
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.
But a trader on Creek Road who gave his name as Moyosore Ola, said "the banks were set on fire by tanker drivers". The branch has been temporarily shut down.
"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.
In the ensuing melee, the two banks, Diamond Bank and Sterling Bank were torched by irate truckers.