Rampage as tanker drivers protest against police killing

Disquiet, As Police Kill Tanker Driver, Mob Set Bank Ablaze In Apapa

A mob has reportedly set ablaze buildings of two banks - Sterling and Diamond - located in Apapa, Lagos, after a policeman attached to one of the banks allegedly shot dead a tanker driver. On the bank's refusal to hearken to them, the angry youths then set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables.

There were, however, different accounts as to how the deceased, identified as Tunde Azeez, 27, from Osun State was killed.

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The exact number of drivers shot was not yet clear by the time this story was filed, however it was learnt that they were two.

A senior police officer said on condition of anonymity: "Those tanker drivers are very irrational".

They demanded that he be brought out for jungle justice to be meted out on him.

PM News reports that the policeman shot a trailer driver who got into a scuffle with him when he refused to allow him (trailer driver) park in front of the bank since the entire Burma Road had been overtaken by indiscriminate parking by trailer and tanker drivers.

According to him, "The mobile policeman that killed Tunde was attached to Diamond Bank".




The Guardian learnt that the mobile policeman fired shots at the tanker drivers for allegedly blocking the entrance to the bank with their trucks.

The policeman was said to have escaped. It was not an accidental discharge or stray bullet.

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. "What we did was to block the road with our trucks and demanded that the policeman be handed over to us to take to the police station, so that he won't escape".

Meanwhile, the management of Diamond Bank and Sterling Bank confirmed there was a fire incident as a result of mob action at their Creek Road, Apapa branches on Wednesday.

"They contributed fuel from their tanks and set the bank ablaze".

"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.

Also, many vehicles belonging go staffs of both banks had their windscreens smashed.

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