Mr. Sina Kawonise, the Managing Director of Nigerian Compass newspaper and his police orderly, narrowly escaped death today, Tuesday, when they were attacked by unknown gun men.
The former Commissioner of Information in Ogun state under the tenure of Gbenga Daniel, was reportedly attacked by the gunmen around Ikeji Arakeji in Osun State on his way back from Akwa, the Anambra State capital.
In a statement by media to Daniel, Adegbenro Adebanjo , the gunmen opened fire in a bid to force his vehicle to a stop.
“The attackers were, however, repelled by his two police orderlies. In the ensuing gun battle Mr. Kawonise was shot in the leg by the attackers while one of the two policemen also suffered gunshot wounds.
“The armed attackers later fled the scene while Mr. Kawonise and the wounded policeman were evacuated to a nearby hospital. Doctors treating the duo say they are stabilizing.
“Kawonise was in Awka as the keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association which held at the Nnamdi Azikwe University Awka.”
Due to the unavailability of flights to Akwa, Kawonise embarked on the journey by road. Meanwhile the Police have commenced investigations into the shooting incident.