Rampage as tanker drivers protest against police killing

Rampage as tanker drivers protest against police killing

Rampage as tanker drivers protest against police killing

A version of the account had it that truck drivers who usually queued along the major road waiting for their turn to load petroleum products from tank farms in the axis, blocked entrance into companies, including banks, at about 10 a.m.

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.

In its reaction, Sterling Bank said: "An armed mobile policeman fleeing from an irate mob after shooting a tanker driver disrupted banking operations at our branch on Creek Road this morning".

One of the lenders affected, Diamond Bank, in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Ezechinyere Anyanwu, said though the situation was under control, it was working with the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to investigate actions leading to the fire incident.

Police Authorities in Lagos State say one of its official accused of shooting a tanker driver in Apapa Wharf has been arrested.

The corpse of the dead truck driver was said to have been deposited at the Apapa General Hospital.

It was gathered that the firemen had to leave the area for fear of being brutalised by the tanker drivers and their fire trucks vandalised. A shipping company beside Diamond bank, Bollore Shipping was not spared as its front glasses were also smashed by the angry truck drivers.

Failure to produce the officer by the bank's staff reportedly led the slain driver's colleagues to set the bank ablaze.

"We are no longer going to tolerate the act of lawlessness and impunity by members of the public", the statement read.

Soldiers were seen joining policemen from Area "B" Police Command, Apapa, to arrest the situation with several gunshots fired into the air to scare the rampaging truck drivers.

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

According to reports, the mob set the bank on fire after the management failed to release the security officer who was hiding inside the bank to them.

A policeman attached to the bank was said to have objected and in the process, a brawl ensued.

"The security operatives attached to the branch prevented the mob from entering the branch while evacuating staff and customers before the arrival of police reinforcement".

In the ensuing melee, the two banks, Diamond Bank and Sterling Bank were torched by irate truckers.

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