Shot Compass Newspaper MD now at UCH

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Eromosele Ebhomele

The Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Compass newspaper, Mr. Adesina Kawonise, is currently receiving medical attention at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo state, Southwest Nigeria after he was reportedly shot by gunmen along the Akure-Ilesha highway.

Mr. Kawonise and one of his security details were shot by the gunmen at about 8.30 pm at the Ikeji-Arakeji junction on the Akure-Ilesha highway on Monday night while on their way to Lagos from Anambra state.

It was learnt that he sustained gunshot wounds along with a police security detail with him in his car.

According to a statement from the media organisation, Mr. Kawonise 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 was presented with a Distinguished Sociologist Award by the association when the incident occurred.

“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 8.30 pm.

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“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 surgery,” the statement signed by Biodun Oduwole, a director in the media organisation on behalf of the board members stated.

P.M. NEWS learnt that Kawonise was Tuesday morning transferred to the University College Hospital Ibadan for better medical attention.

“He is in stable condition and has undergone surgery for his injuries.

“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 life was lost in the attack and would want to assure all Nigerians that the Nigerian Compass under the leadership of Mr. Kawonise will not fight shy of its social responsibility,” the statement added.