Unknown gunmen on Tuesday shot the Managing Director of Nigerian Compass, Mr. Sina Kawonise and his police orderly.
Kawonise who was former Commissioner of Information during ex-governor Gbenga Daniel was reportedly attacked by the gunmen around Ikeji Arakeji in Osun State on his way back from Akwa, Anambra State.
According to a statement by media aide to Daniel, Adegbenro Adebanjo , the gunmen opened fire in order to force his vehicle to 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.
He made the journey by road because there was no available flight to neigbouring airports to Awka. The Police have commenced investigations into the incident.