Policeman kill trailer drivers, banks set ablaze in Apapa crisis

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Angry mobs has reportedly set two banks in Apapa, Lagos on fire after a policeman attached to Diamond Bank on Burma Road allegedly shot dead some trailer drivers.

According to reports, the mob also set a Sterling Bank branch on Wharf Road ablaze.

It was gathered that the trailer drivers had indiscriminately parked in front of the bank.

Angered by the killing and the bank’s refusal to hand over the policeman to them, the driver’s colleagues moved to set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables.

Policemen from Rapid Response Squad, 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.

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This is coming days after pandemonium was let loose at the Apapa port as police shot sporadically in the air to disperse protesting truckers who were threatening to take the law into their hands following extortion claims on truck owners by security operatives.

According to findings, some trucks operators who had spent long hours on the queue to enter the ports became angry when men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and other port security officials allowed some of their colleagues who had just arrived the queue to go into the ports after parting with some amount of money.

The truckers, who had spent long hours on the queue which paralysed traffic along Wharf Road which leads into the port complex, became angry and started a protest which turned ugly, forcing policemen to shoot into the air to disperse the angry mob .

On the cause of the protest, Ogungbemi explained that, “I was told that some truckers became angry that some of their colleagues who had just arrived the queue were being allowed into the ports by security officials after parting with a particular amount of money.

“This infuriated other truckers who had been on the queue for days, and instead of them to vent their anger peacefully, they protested and the protest was almost hijacked by other elements. This prompted the police to shoot into the air to restore order. Everything is calm as I speak to

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