Adesina Kawonise, the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Compass newspaper, was attacked last night by gunmen on the Akure-Ilesha highway, receiving gunshot wounds.
A statement signed by Biodun
Oduwole, on behalf of the Board of Directors of Western Publishing
Company Limited, the publishers of the newspaper, said that a police
security detail that was traveling with him was also hurt.
was returning from Awka where he had gone to present a Keynote Address
at the 17th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Anthropological and
Sociological Association and where he was presented with a Distinguished
Sociologist Award by the association.
“He was in a convoy of two
vehicles when the vehicle in which he was travelling was suddenly
ambushed at the Ikeji-Arakeji junction shortly after Akure at about
8.30pm,” the statement said.
“Sporadic gunfire from men hidden by
the roadside was unleashed on the two vehicles and Mr Kawonise and the
policeman seated with the driver in front of the vehicle were hit by
bullets. They were immediately rushed to a private hospital from where
the policeman was transferred to the Wesley Guild Hospital Ilesha for
Mr Kawonise was this morning transferred to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where he was admitted and had surgery.
do not know the motive of the attackers of Mr Kawonise but he recently
received threats to his person from some unknown Internet messengers,”
the statement said.
Expressing gratitude to God that no lives
were lost in the attack, the Board of Directors assured all Nigerians
that the Nigerian Compass, under the management leadership of Mr
Kawonise, “will not fight shy of its social responsibility and it's
crusading pact with the Nigerian people.”