Lagos/Nigeria: An irate mob has reportedly set Sterling Bank and Diamond Bank branches in Apapa, Lagos state on fire.
This was after a mobile policeman attached to the bank shot a tanker driver dead.
Banks in Apapa hurriedly shut down and evacuated their personnel following the incident by protesting tanker drivers.
The tanker drivers it was learnt carried out reprisal attack setting both Diamond and Sterling Bank on Creek Road on Fire after the police officer ran to Sterling Bank to escape being lynched.
In a statement by the Management of Diamond Bank Plc on Wednesday confirmed that there was a fire incident as a result of mob action at its Creek Road, Apapa branch in Lagos State.
The Head, Corporate Communications, Chioma Afe, said the bank was set ablaze by an angry mob after a policeman allegedly shot dead a trailer driver outside the bank premises.
It reads: “We had a fire incident at our branch office on Creek Road, Apapa which severely damaged branch infrastructure as a result of mob action.
“We are working with the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to investigate actions leading to the fire incident.
“While these investigations are ongoing, the branch will be closed to customers for their safety and to allow for completion of all repairs”.
“We will continue to provide updates to our customers via our social media platforms and print media and we urge those customers in the Apapa area to use our broad range of alternate delivery channels like the Diamond Mobile app, Diamond Online, Diamond ATMs and Contact Centre to carry out their transactions.
“For those who need to visit a branch location, our closest branches to the Apapa area are situated in Ebute Metta, 1, Market Street,Oyingbo, Opposite Bhojsons Ltd Yaba, Iddo Market Mini, Iddo Ultramodern Market, Surulere, 31, Bode Thomas Street and Amuwo Odofin, Plot Nos 21, 22 & 23 Opposite Abc Transport Terminal are available to process their requests”.