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Sina Kawonise

Gunmen shoot Nigerian Compass MD

Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Compass, Mr. Sina Kawonise narrowly escaped death on Monday night, as suspected gunmen shot him in the leg during an attack on the Akure-Ilesha Highway.

A police security detail who was with managing director in his car was also injured. Kawonise was returning by road from Awka, Anambra 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.

A statement issued by Western Publishing Company Limited and signed by a director, Biodun Oduwole said Kawonise 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 8.30p.m.

“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 surgery. “Mr Kawonise was transferred to the University College Hospital Ibadan this morning where he has been admitted.

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 lives were lost in the attack and would want to assure 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.”

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  6. Mom Godfrey November 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Mr md must have gone libellous with his publication,he knws exactly wht is happening.

  7. A cry 4 Help! November 7, 2012 at 7:41 am

    IN THE YEAR 2003, when BENUE STATE COMPANY PLC was pravitize. To DANGOTE GROUPS, ONLY 18% of our intitlement was paid 2 us, and the remaining 82% Of our intitlement was eaten by Dangote and the former governor of benue state Sen. Dr. GEORGE AKUME, IN Nov. 2003 we took Dangote and Akume to Fedral high court makurdi, in march. 2005, we won our case in fedral High court makurdi. 2006, The former Benue state Governor & Dangote took us to apple court in Jos, this is the 7th year now, the case is still in apple court in Jos, they keep on adjoining the case in court of appel for no reason, we are dying of hungry, we cant pay our house rent, hospital bill & phcn bill anymore, our children cant go to school anymore, We have lost about 59 of our members(the former staff of B.c.c plc) due to high blood presure, we work for the money & is our money..6yrs in Appel court now, nothing have been done about it. we dont have anybody 2 help us. Please somebody should Help…our case is in appel court tomorrow been 8th Nov, 2012

  8. Mom Godfrey November 7, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Mr md must have gone libellous with his publication,he knws exactly wht is happening. I wish u speed of light covalescence.

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    pls police do ur possible best.

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  11. Ethelbert Opara November 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    He who is surrounded by enemies is always conscious of his security. Why was he on the road at 8.30 p.m., when he had received threat call earlier? However, we thank God for sparing his life and that of the Police officer.

  12. Mobolaji Clinton November 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    The Lord Almighty God will give you speed recovery and will protect you from unknown killer. Always watch your back. No security for life in Nigeria, God will be with you.

  13. Alar November 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Why must an MD of a newspaper go abt with a police orderly. as far as am concerned, the so-called internet threat was a ploy to justify the attachment of a police orderly to him. Let im check his past too.

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  15. Toyin November 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I pray for a quick recovery for him

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    The wicked shall not go unpunished, GOD help Nigeria

  18. Maihula November 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    May be they are Boko Haram terrorists

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