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Mob set Sterling, Diamond Banks on fire after policeman killed tanker drivers

Mob set Sterling, Diamond Banks on fire after policeman killed tanker drivers

Apparently, the police officer ran to Sterling Bank to escape being lynched.

The policeman allegedly shot him and two other trailer drivers who intervened and they all died at the scene.

Many residents of the area scampered for safety as police shot sporadically in the air to disperse other truck drivers protesting the death of their colleague.

The attacked banks it was learnt, were the Diamond Bank where the alleged policeman is attached and a Sterling Bank branch on Wharf Road.

Pictures of burnt Diamond Bank and Sterling bank at Creek road in Apapa, Lagos on Wednesday when angry truckers set both banks ablaze.

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A witness had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that police officers regularly extort money from the tanker drivers whose vehicles are often parked along the road.

"The situation is under calm and the police are on top of the situation".

Policemen from Rapid Response Squad, anti-riot squad and Area B command, as well as operatives from the Nigerian Navy have been deployed to the scene of the incident.

It was gathered that they injured at least three policemen, who were going about their businesses, before proceeding to set the banks ablaze. He said the driver whose name he simply gave as Azeez was confirmed dead on arrival on hospital.

Male said three tanker drivers were shot dead.

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"The policeman has been arrested and will be charged to court immediately, the 18 suspected hoodlums also arrested are also undergoing investigations".

"The command would like to address the members of the public on impunity and jungle justice in the state".

The tanker drivers, in reaction, regrouped and set the bank ablaze in retaliation.

"Security operatives attached to the bank disarmed and arrested the fleeing mobile policeman but did not hand him over to the irate mob". The branch has been temporarily shut down.

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