Tanker drivers set two banks on fire in Lagos after policeman kills colleague

Tanker drivers set two banks on fire in Lagos after policeman kills colleague

A mob has set two banks on fire in Apapa in Lagos metropolis to protest the alleged killing of driver of a petroleum tanker.

The affected banks are Diamond Bank on Burma Road and Sterling Bank on Wharf Road.

A policeman attached to Diamond Bank was said to have directed the movement of a trailer parked indiscriminately in front of the bank.

When the driver refused to move the tanker, the policeman was said to have fired warning shots into the air, only for some of his rifle’s pellets to hit the driver who died on the spot.

Mob then chased the policeman, set fire on Diamond Bank, and the adjacent Sterling Bank.

While the policeman fled the scene, the deceased driver’s colleagues stormed Creek Road and stabbed any policeman on sight.

It was gathered that they injured at least three policemen, who were going about their businesses, before proceeding to set the banks ablaze.

Attempts by men of the Lagos State Fire Service, Iponri, who rushed to the scene to put out the fire, were rebuffed by the tanker drivers.

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, mobile policemen as well as soldiers and naval personnel deployed to the scene restored order and prevented the mob from spreading the attack to other parts of Apapa.

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