Angry Nigerians today burnt down branches of Sterling Bank and Diamond Bank along the Wharf area of Apapa in Lagos.
According to reports, a policeman attached to one of the banks allegedly shot at a tanker driver who was alleged to have indiscriminately parked in front of the bank which led to an argument the between the policeman and the driver.
The Police officer reportedly shot the tanker driver leading to his death.
Following the killing of the driver, an angry mob gathered seeking vengeance on the trigger happy officer who ran into the bank for safety.
Angered by the bank’s refusal to provide the officer, the driver’s colleagues set the bank ablaze destroying properties and other valuables.
Presently, the mob had torched Diamond and Sterling Banks in the axis in retaliation of the killing of their colleague.
It was further gathered that the mobile police officer escaped into CMA premises (a shipping company beside the bank) office before the rescue team eventually arrived the scene.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports have it that three tanker drivers died in the process leading to the riot by their colleagues.
Presently, normalcy is gradually returning to the axis following the mobilization of security operatives to the area.
Policemen from Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Anti-riot squad and Area B command, as well as operatives from the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECEOFT have been deployed to the scene of the incident.