Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Trigger-happy policeman, 18 others arrested as calm returns to Apapa

Trigger-happy policeman, 18 others arrested as calm returns to Apapa

An eyewitness in the area said other banks have closed down for business to avoid being attacked by the truckers as tension brew in the area, especially banks on Warehouse Road.

A group of people have reportedly set two banks in Apapa, Lagos on fire after a policeman attached to Diamond Bank on Burma Road allegedly shot dead some trailer drivers.

Angered by the incident, the mob, most of which were said to be the driver's colleagues, reportedly set the bank on fire and also the nearby bank building when they learned that the policeman was hiding there.

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.

Reports about what really happened are unclear at the time of filing the story, but trouble had reportedly started around 10am over the indiscriminate parking of trailers by the drivers. Their efforts were complemented by men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command led by their Commander, Olatunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Male said three tanker drivers were shot dead.

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. On the bank's refusal to hearken to them, the angry youths then set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables.

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The tanker drivers who were angry chased the officer into the bank where he was been protected by security guards.

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

"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".

"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.

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

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

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