Mob sets banks ablaze as policeman shoots truck driver dead in Lagos

A mob has reportedly set two banks on fire in Apapa, Lagos after a mobile policeman allegedly shot dead three tanker drivers and ran into the Diamond Bank branch on Burma Road.

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

When efforts to make the drivers leave the road failed, one of the policemen shot sporadically into the air to scare them off, but one of the expended pellets hit one of the drivers, who bled and died on the spot before help could come.

A report from Sterling Bank said an armed mobile policeman fleeing from an irate mob after shooting a tanker driver disrupted banking operations as he ran into the premises of the bank to escape being lynched.

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

Our correspondent learnt that enraged mob populated by truck drivers angered by the gruesome killing by the police burnt down the Diamond Bank branch in the area after a policeman that was attached hid himself in the bank after committing the heinous act.

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

Trouble, it was gathered, started Wednesday morning when a mobile policeman shot the trailer driver.

A driver, who simply gave his name as Danjuma, stated that they usually paid policemen attached to banks on the axis between N200 and N300 in order to allow them park indiscriminately on the road.

In a statement released by the command's spokesperson, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, the Force said the policeman would be charged to court immediately. It was not an accidental discharge or stray bullet. The branch's reception area was vandalized and set ablaze. "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".

The security operatives also prevented the rioters from setting a tank farm ablaze.It was learnt that hoodlums attempted to seize the opportunity to loot the affected banks but they were prevented by RRS operatives led by the Commander, Tunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).