Unrest In Lagos As Angry Truck Drivers Set Banks Ablaze

Marcus Newton
July 21, 2017

In a statement made available to BusinessDay, Chioma Afe, head, corporate communications, Diamond Bank, said the bank was set ablaze by an angry mob after a policeman allegedly shot dead a trailer driver outside the bank premises.

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.

Also speaking with Nigerian Tribune, a staff of Diamond bank who declined not to have his name in print stated that staff of the bank were trapped inside the bank during the riot and the fire.

"We have arrested six persons, including a senior police officer who did the shooting".

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

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.

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. When the policemen attached to the first bank shot at the tanker drivers, they regrouped and stormed the bank in anger.

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It was gathered that the development created panic in the Liverpool/Creek Road area of the chaotic port city as other banks and traders on the road closed shop.

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.

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.

"The mob got upset and attacked the bank with the intention of unleashing mayhem on staff and customers".

The two banks set ablaze by the mob. The branch has been temporarily shut down.

Trouble started when the mobile cop allegedly ordered the deceased driver to move his heavy duty vehicle away from premises of the bank. "Sterling Bank is working with security agencies to resolve the issue".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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