Swift, Impartial Investigation Demanded -Diaspora-based former LRA staffers Call on Govt

In the wake of the mysterious death of two former employees of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), a Diaspora-based group of former LRA Employees resident in the Americas are calling for an independent forensic pathologist to conduct an impartial investigation into the death of the two LRA personnel.
According to an October 12, 2020 dispatch from the Diaspora, the  former employees of the LRA based in the United States of America and Canada, have demanded through their acting Chairman, Tennie K.K. Jallah a full scale impartial investigation to determine the cause of death of Albert Peters and Gifty Asma Lama, both of whom were discovered dead in a parked vehicle on Broad Street on October 2, 2020.
“We, the former employees of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) in the United States of America (USA) & Canada regret the shocking and horrific passing of our colleagues, Mr. Albert Peters, Assistant Commissioner, Internal Audit Division (IAD) and Mrs. Gifty Ashma Lama, Manager, Taxpayer Services. We extend deepest condolences to the bereaved families, the Commissioner General and staff of the LRA, relatives and friends,” the release stated.
The former LRA workers said their late colleagues were professionals, committed to providing valuable services to Liberia. “They were true professionals who demonstrated genuine commitment to providing valuable and sacrificial services aimed at mobilizing domestic resources for revenue growth, meeting assigned goals void of politics or political influences.”
“On Thursday, October 1, 2020, Gifty and Peters left their homes for work in good health and sound mind, with the hope of returning the same day. Unfortunately, the following morning, their lifeless bodies were discovered in a parked vehicle on Broad Street, Snapper Hill, near the Sacred Heart Cathedral. This is a tragedy, horrific, terrifying to colleagues and co-workers. It is totally disparaging and has the propensity to cause fear and doubt in the minds of potential professionals and the current workforce providing sacrificial services to our beloved country,” the release further stated, noting that, in view of the forgoing circumstances, the group demands full scale investigation, free, fair and impartial trial into the mysterious deaths of their professional colleagues, to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Also, we request the Republic of Liberia to cover all expenses to the extent where the families will need an independent forensic pathologist to conduct an autopsy on the remains of Gifty Ashma Lama and Albert Peters, so as to determine the cause of death,” the press statement emphasized.
Meanwhile, the press statement has further called on the Government of Liberia, through the relevant agencies, to refrain from delays and technicalities which may derail the investigation.
Regarding other mysterious death cases, the group stated it will no longer entertain unnecessary delays as was done in the case of the late Matthew Innis, Odell Sharman and Jacqueline Anderson.

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