By Ayodele Oluwafemi
A social media campaign for the rescue of a 25-year-old lawyer, Paulette Abisola Ajayi has been launched following her abduction on Sunday night, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
It was learnt that Paulette was abducted by at least four gunmen dressed in combat fatigues and dark T-shirts in front of her home in Rumukurushi, Port Harcourt, while she was waiting for her gate to be opened.
Her mother, Ngozi Ajayi, who is also a lawyer and her younger sister were physically attacked by the gunmen, while trying to prevent the abduction of Paulette.
She is also a post-graduate student at the University of Science and Technology, UST, Port-Harcourt.
Many Nigerians have taken to the microblogging platform, Twitter, to call on the relevant authorities for her release.
Reacting, President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata said the association has set up task force to work with security agencies to secure the release of the abducted lawyer.
Akpata, on Monday, in a series of tweets disclosed that he had spoken to Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike, Attorney-General of Rivers State as well as the Police Command on the sad incident.
The NBA president said, “Last night, I received reports that Paulette Bisola Ajayi, a lawyer and daughter of Ngozi Ajayi (also a lawyer) was abducted by at least four gunmen dressed in combat fatigues and dark t-shirts in front of her home in Rumukurushi PH, as she was waiting for her gate to be opened.
“Her mother and others who tried to prevent her from being taken away were brutalised and shot at by these men who eventually dragged Bisola out of her car and took her away in their own car…a white Toyota Venza.
“The increasing spate of such incidents is indeed disheartening. I have spoken to Bisola’s mother to assure her of our support and assistance towards the rescue of her daughter.
“I have also spoken to the Governor of Rivers State, the Attorney-General of Rivers State and the Rivers State Police Command to request their assistance in ensuring the safe return of our colleague.
“I have also set up a Task Force to collaborate with the relevant authorities and do all that is possible to see to Bisola’s speedy release. She will also remain in our prayers.”