Tanker Drivers Set 2 Banks Ablaze in Lagos

Pictures of burnt Diamond Bank and Sterling bank at Creek road in Apapa, Lagos on Wednesday when angry truckers set both banks ablaze.

"The police man ran into sterling bank seeking refuge with the mobile unit attached to the bank, the angry mob then set fire to a auto within the bank premises which slightly affected the building".

A Diamond Bank on Burma Road was also set on fire and area boys reportedly took an advantage of the situation to loot and cause mayhem.

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.

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 lagos state police command confirmed that normalcy has been restored in the area.

Male said three tanker drivers were shot dead.

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The two banks set ablaze by the mob. The rioters were seen molesting bank staff and customers before the security officers arrived. On the bank's refusal to hearken to them, the angry youths then set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables.

It was reported that the colleague of the late driver, who later learnt about the incident, mobilised and stormed the Diamond Bank premises, setting it ablaze.

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

Also on ground afterwards to douse the fire were fire servicemen from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and NPA mobile policemen.

"Subsequently, Military men and police officers from Area "B" police station were deployed to restore peace and order".

The policemen who were attached to the bank at first approached them to give access to the bank's customers to come in and carry out their financial activities.

"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 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.

  • Rita Burton