Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Rampage as tanker drivers protest against police killing

Rampage as tanker drivers protest against police killing

Frustration, anger boiled over in Nigeria's premier port city of Apapa on Wednesday, as a truck driver was shot dead and two commercial banks set ablaze by angry truck drivers in 'revenge'.

Pandemonium erupted today at Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos, when dozens of tanker drivers went on rampage over the death of one of their colleagues and set two banks of fire.

According to eyewitness report, the tanker drivers had blocked the entrance of the bank like they were always wont to do, an action that drew the ire of the bank management.

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.

Olarinde Famous, spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, who confirmed the incident, said the trigger-happy mobile policeman had been arrested. When the policemen attached to the first bank shot at the tanker drivers, they regrouped and stormed the bank in anger. A shipping company beside Diamond bank, Bollore Shipping was not spared as its front glasses were also smashed by the angry truck drivers.

Members of staff of the banks had to scale the fence to other buildings to make their escape.

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The incident reportedly happened when a police officer allegedly shot dead a trailer driver. The driver's colleagues then moved to set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables.

The staff of Creek Road branch are safe and in the branch.

The security operatives also prevented the rioters from setting a tank farm ablaze.It was learnt that hoodlums attempted to seize the opportunity to loot the affected banks but they were prevented by RRS operatives led by the Commander, Tunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

"Subsequently, Military men and police officers from Area "B" police station were deployed to restore peace and order". The branch has been temporarily shut down.

Here's an update on the reported incident earlier in the day at our Apapa branch.

The policemen who were attached to the bank had approached the drivers to give way for customers to come in and carry out their businesses. "Sterling Bank is working with security agencies to resolve the issue".

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