Irate mob of tanker drivers has set ablaze Diamond and Sterling Bank branches in Apapa, Lagos after a policeman allegedly shot dead three of their colleagues.
In retaliation, the irate drivers first set the Diamond bank and later Sterling Bank (where the policeman sought refuge to avoid lynch mob) on fire as the management of the bank refused to release the trigger-happy policeman to the mob.
It was gathered that a trailer driver wanted to park in front of the Diamond Bank since indiscriminate parking had taken over the entire Burma Road by trailer and tanker drivers.
But a policeman attached to the bank was said to have objected and in the process, a brawl ensued.
The policeman was alleged to have fired at the driver, killing him immediately, while two more drivers were also shot dead as they tried to intervene.
An eyewitness said the policeman retreated into the bank after allegedly carrying out the act.
Soon, trailer and tanker drivers regrouped and demanded from the bank to hand over the policeman to face jungle justice, but the refusal of the bank proved fatal as the mob set the bank ablaze.
The policeman was said to have escaped, but an anti-riot policemen have been drafted to the area to maintain peace.
Policemen have been patrolling the area to forestall more crises.
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.