There are strong reports making the round that an irate mob 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 furious tanker drivers were said to be protesting the death of some of their members who were allegedly shot dead by a Mobile policeman attached to Diamond bank.
Apparently peeved by the killing, and the bank’s refusal to hand over the policeman to them, the drivers’ colleagues moved to set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables, several media outlets said.
It was gathered that trouble started after a trailer driver wanted to park in front of the Diamond Bank since the entire Burma Road had been overtaken by indiscriminate parking by trailer and tanker drivers.
A policeman attached to the bank was said to have objected and in the process, a brawl ensued. The policeman was alleged to have fired at the driver, killing him immediately, while two more drivers were also shot dead as they tried to intervene.
PM News quoted a source in the area as saying that the policeman retreated into the bank after allegedly carrying out the act.
Trailer and tanker drivers were said to have regrouped and demanded from the bank to hand over the policeman to face jungle justice, but the refusal of the bank proved fatal as the mob set the bank ablaze.
The Sterling Bank building next to the bank also caught fire, leading to banks in the area shutting down and evacuating their staff.
Meanwhile, policemen from Rapid Response Squad, anti-riot squad and Area B command, as well as operatives from the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECEOFT have been deployed to the scene of the incident.