The Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Compass Newspapers, Mr. Adesina Kawonise, was last night attacked by gunmen along Akure-Ilesha Highway.
Kawonise sustained gunshot wounds along with a police security detail with him in his car.
The Managing Director was returning from Awka in Anambra State 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 also 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 in was suddenly ambushed at the Ikeji-Arakeji junction shortly after Akure at about 8.30p.m.
The gunmen, hidden by the roadside, shot at the two vehicles, and 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 surgery.
Kawonise was transferred to the University College Hospital Ibadan this morning where he has been on admission.
A statement from the newspaper said he was in stable condition and had undergone surgery for his injuries.
The statement added: “We 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 Board of Directors of Western Publishing Company is grateful to God that no lives were lost in the attack and would want to assure all Nigerians that the Nigerian Compass under the management leadership of Kawonise will not fight shy of its social responsibility and its crusading pact with the Nigerian people.”