21 July, 2017
Reacting to the arson, Sterling Bank said the mobile policeman ran into it premises to avoid being mobbed, urging customers at the branch to patronage nearby branches.
"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 vehicle within the bank premises which slightly affected the building".
"We were not the ones that set the banks ablaze, hoodlums did".
According to reports, the mob also set a Sterling Bank branch on Wharf Road ablaze.
Members of staff of the banks had to scale the fence to other buildings to make their escape.
The Guardian learnt that the mobile policeman fired shots at the tanker drivers for allegedly blocking the entrance to the bank with their trucks.
The action sparked off a violent protest as a mob, suspected to be truck drivers, chased the policeman who ran into the premises of a nearby bank to take cover. On the bank's refusal to hearken to them, the angry youths then set the bank ablaze, destroying properties and other valuables.
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"Security operatives attached to the bank disarmed and arrested the fleeing mobile policeman but did not hand him over to the irate mob. Sterling Bank is working with security agencies to resolve the issue".
Another version of the account said the erring mobile policeman was attached to one of the banks.
But a trader on Creek Road who gave his name as Moyosore Ola, said "the banks were set on fire by tanker drivers". Some other policemen attached to Sterling bank refused to hand him over to the angry truckers, that was why Sterling bank was burnt along with Diamond bank.
Normalcy has since been restored to the area by the officers of the Rapid Response Unit.
"Our staff were trapped inside the bank during the chaos, they had to hide inside the vault until the fire fighters came around to put off the fire". When the policemen attached to the first bank shot at the tanker drivers, they regrouped and stormed the bank in anger.
Chairman, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Chief Remi Ogungbemi who confirmed the incident, told our correspondent as of the time of filing this report that the situation has been brought under control.