The nationwide strike called by labour to protest the removal of subsidy commenced yesterday on a tragic note in Lagos and Kano States as two persons were killed. In Lagos, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Pen Cinema Police Station, Agege, Mr. Segun Olubunmi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, shot and killed one Ademola Aderinde. Beside Aderinde’s murder, which happened at Yaya Abatan junction, Ogba, Lagos, the trigger-happy officer also injured four other persons at the scene. The Police Officer reportedly stormed the area in a patrol pick-up van and allegedly opened fire on innocent persons. The DPO has been arrested and disarmed and will be charged for murder after preliminary investigations on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Yakubu Alkali. It was an eventful day during which three persons, described by the police as “hoodlums”, were killed in Edo State; another protester, Abdulmalik Rabiu, was also shot dead, while 31 others were injured in Kano State; the volume of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) fell by 82 per cent; and local flights were grounded, although some international flights operated, with the control towers reportedly manned by Nigerian Air Force personnel in place of the striking operators.