Frustration, anger boiled over in Nigeria's premier port city of Apapa on Wednesday, as a truck driver was shot dead and two commercial banks set ablaze by angry truck drivers in 'revenge'.
"The police man ran into sterling bank seeking refuge with the mobile unit attached to the bank, the angry mob then set fire to a auto within the bank premises which slightly affected the building".
The Sterling Bank building on Wharf Road was also set ablaze, leading to banks in the area shutting down and evacuating their staff.
It was gathered that the trailer drivers had indiscriminately parked in front of the bank.
The Lagos Police Command is said to have mobilised personnel to the scene of the pandemonium to bring it under control. However, unconfirmed reports said he was angered by the refusal of the driver to give money demanded, which is common practice between security agents and truck drivers in Apapa.
"We were not the ones that set the banks ablaze, hoodlums did".
The tanker drivers who were angry chased the officer into the bank where he was been protected by security guards.
"We are no longer going to tolerate the act of lawlessness and impunity by members of the public", the statement read.
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).
It took the intervention of some soldiers deployed from the Signal Corps of the Nigerian Army (NA) to restore sanity to the area.
This is even as irate truckers burnt Diamond bank and Sterling bank, both located at Creek road in the ensuing concussion.
Here's an update on the reported incident earlier in the day at our Apapa branch. "Sterling Bank is working with security agencies to resolve the issue". "While these investigations are ongoing, the branch will be closed to customers for their safety and to allow for completion of all repairs".
The policemen who were attached to the bank at first approached them to give access to the bank's customers to come in and carry out their financial activities.