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Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Mob Sets Banks Ablaze After Policeman Allegedly Killed Tanker Driver

Mob Sets Banks Ablaze After Policeman Allegedly Killed Tanker Driver

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A mob has reportedly set ablaze buildings of two banks - Sterling and Diamond - located in Apapa, Lagos, after a policeman attached to one of the banks allegedly shot dead a tanker driver.

Our correspondent learnt that enraged mob populated by truck drivers angered by the gruesome killing by the police burnt down the Diamond Bank branch in the area after a policeman that was attached hid himself in the bank after committing the heinous act.

Reacting to the arson, Sterling Bank said the mobile policeman ran into it premises to avoid being mobbed, urging customers at the branch to patronage nearby branches.

The bank's refusal to give up the policeman provoked the drivers the more.

The Lagos Police Command is said to have mobilised personnel to the scene of the pandemonium to bring it under control.

Banks in Apapa are shutting down and evacuating their personnel following the incident by protesting tanker drivers. The branch's reception area was vandalised and set ablaze.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, says none of its members in Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, unit was shot by Mobile Police officer in Apapa on Wednesday. A shipping company beside Diamond bank, Bollore Shipping was not spared as its front glasses were also smashed by the angry truck drivers.

Angered by that move, the tanker drivers had regrouped and after setting the bank ablaze, went berserk and set the second bank ablaze.

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

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

"Other drivers chased him, and he ran into Sterling bank".

Afe said, "We had a fire incident at our branch office on Creek Road, Apapa which severely damaged branch infrastructure as a result of mob action".

According to witnesses, the unknown mobile policeman had approached the drivers to give way to bank customers but they refused. "Sterling Bank is working with security agencies to resolve the issue".

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