MOJ: ‘Deaths of LRA Employees, IAA Boss Accidental’

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According to Justice Minsiter Cllr. Frank Musah Dean (left), the deaths of (clockwise from top middle): Albert Peters, Assistant Commissioner for Interal Audit, LRA; Gifty Asmah Lamah, Manager, Tax Payer Services Division, LRA; Emmanuel Barten Nyeswa, Director-General, Internal Audit Agency; and George Fahnboto, Auditor, LRA, were all accidental.

The Ministry of Justice has ruled that the mysterious deaths of Gifty A. Lamah, Albert Peters, George Fabhboto and Emmanuel Barten Nyeswa, which all occurred within a period of eight days in October, resulted from “unnatural” causes.

Lamah and Peters were discovered dead in the early morning hours of October 2, 2020, while George Fabhboto, died on in an accident on the 4th of October.  The three individuals were all employees of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA). Emmanuel Barten Nyeswa, the late Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), was found lying on the floor in front of his house after an alleged fall on October 10th, 2020.

The ministry’s ruling, according to Minister Frank Musa Dean, was based on available evidence deduced from the autopsy conducted by Dr. Benedict K. Kolee and Dr. Zoeborn B. Kparteh, which attributed the deaths to “unnatural” (accidental) circumstances.

However, the government’s autopsy report has long before been disowned by the families of Gifty and Albert on ground that they suspected a foul play because of the kinds of work that they were doing.

As they lost faith in the government’s investigation, the family snubbed the conduct of an autopsy and argued that the pair and the rest were killed in an attempt to destroy evidence that these financial experts might have been investigating activities that undermined the country’s Domestic Resource Mobilization efforts.

But for Min. Dean, the autopsy conducted by Liberia’s only two pathologists, Drs. Kolee and Kparteh, have been credible from the start as the families were given the opportunity to participate along with civil society organizations, National Commission on Human Rights and the media –- a request that the Lamah and Peters family rejected.

On Albert Peters and Gifty Lamah, the findings reportedly indicated that the post mortem body computer tomography scan shows mild purification of the brain and mild autolysis of the soft tissue but “there is no fracture or dislocation, no metallic density or foreign body.”

“The cause of death is the result of Carbon monoxide poisoning exacerbated by gasoline/ hydrocarbon fumes and fumes from defective car exhaust system/defect in the floor of the car,” the report added. “Based on the available evidence, the manner of death is unnatural (accidental).”

According to the police investigation inserted in the autopsy report, Gifty and Albert drove separate vehicles to meet on Broad Street opposite the Sacred Heart Cathedral edifice before she could disembark hers to enter into Albert’s parked vehicle.

“The two vehicles were later observed parked immediately behind one another on Broad Street. The KIA Sportage Jeep was parked in front of the Toyota Highlander from the early morning hours of October 1, 2020, up to and including the early morning hours of the next day, October 2, 2020. At some point, Gifty Lamah is said to have disembarked her vehicle and joined Albert in his blue Toyota Highlander jeep,” the police said.

It added: “That though calls placed to the individuals’ phones in the Broad Street vicinity began at 10:37 a.m. on the morning of October 1, 2020, they reportedly arrived on the scene before 10:37 a.m, as the Monrovia City Corporation Parking Attendant for the area confirmed placing tickets on the two vehicles on October 1, 2020, at about 9:00 a.m.; and further observed that both vehicles remained in their positions until 7:00 pm on October 1, 2020, when he left work.”

The police added that the parking attendant late in the day engage Albert to inform him that the vehicle was overheating, but Albert asked the attendant to close the door, which had a   window covered with steam like the other.

However, he observed during their conversation that Albert’s eyes were red and mucus flowed from his nose —the police investigation finds. The police also disclosed that the parking attendant, who seems to be their major eyewitness in the case, confirmed that after 12:00 midday, the car was still in the same location, but the engine was off.

“He left work at about 7:00 p.m. [And] that the car washer and private security guard from the Progressive Protection Service assigned in the area confirmed seeing the vehicles parked in front of the former BIVAC office on Broad Street from the morning of October l, 2020 until they (car washer and private security guard) left work at the close of the business day,” said the police.

Interestingly, the police further said that about 2:00 a.m. on October 2, 2020, two individuals, known to them as petty thieves, entered Albert’s vehicle and stole one laptop, four telephones, a pair of trousers containing US$30.00 and some personal belongings — and after interrogation confirmed encountering the unresponsive bodies of the two in the vehicle, but “concluded the individuals were intoxicated.”

They added that a “search of the interior and inspection of the undercarriage” of the vehicle shockingly revealed that Albert’s vehicle contained, among other things, two five-gallon plastic containers filled with gasoline, and that the interior of the vehicle showed multiple holes under the back seat about two centimeters in diameter.

“That the under surface of the said vehicle showed multiple leaks on the exhaust system proximal to the catalytic converter, between the catalytic converter and the muffler and other areas distal to the muffler. [And] that there is a large defect on the dorsal surface of the exhaust system about one foot away from the area of the backseat,” the police explained.

The police findings, which were based mostly on alleged eyewitness accounts, mirrored what President George Weah at his Forky Klon Jlaleh Family Fellowship Church on October 4, 2020, insinuating that the deaths may have been a “boyfriend and girlfriend” issue and should therefore not be politicized.

“It is sad to know that our country, a religious country like Liberia, you wake up and you see people killed in car. Why, we don’t know; if that was a boyfriend or girlfriend issue, that doesn’t allow you to kill somebody because you don’t know where you will end up,” the President said.

And days later, the Information Minister at the time, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, rebuked the families of the two deceased LRA employees for making “politically driven remarks”.

In his scathing rebuke, Nagbe accused the bereaved families of politicizing the issue instead of learning the facts, despite all efforts being exhibited by the government to be transparent with the investigation and have the families involved along the way.

Later, Nagbe’s successor, the new Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie, had gone to a great length to convince the BBC that none of the four deceased were auditors, in a bid to respond to accusations that the government was double-dealing and probably responsible for the deaths.

The lifeless bodies of Lamah and Peters were found on October 2, 2020, in a parked vehicle belonging to Peters that was brought to the crime scene early that day “by a huge man, wearing a cap”, according to eyewitnesses.  Albert was clad only in his underwear with one ear cut off and skin peeled off his body, according to his wife, while Lamah was discovered fully clothed, with even her makeup intact and with a broken neck.

Peters was a professional auditor at the Ministry of Finance, before transitioning to the LRA in the same capacity, serving as Assistant Commissioner for Internal Audit, while Gifty worked as Manager for Tax Payer Services Division, with the responsibility to monitor the inflow of taxes, which she reportedly performed meticulously.

As for Nyeswa, the head of the IAA, the autopsy report claims that this death was caused by massive injuries to the head, chest and abdomen but there was no metallic density foreign body found in him. The report added that Emmanuel died from massive haemorrhage; multiple bony and soft tissue injuries; and blunt injuries consistent with fall from height. 

“In our professional and expert opinion, the manner of death is unnatural. Further classification of this unnatural death as accidental, homicidal or suicidal will require further police detective investigations,” the authors of the autopsy report said.

Nyeswa died 12 days after the submission of an audit report on September 28, 2020, that revealed more than US$2 million, plus millions of Liberian dollars that were lost to fraud and corruption.

He was last seen on the early evening hours of October 9, 2020, at the Calabash Entertainment Center, located on the Congo Town Back Road, with some friends.

It is reported that he consumed lots of alcohol before going home. He reportedly arrived at his 72nd Paynesville residence at approximately 11:00 p.m. and proceeded upstairs to his bedroom but later during the night, his security guard found him lying downstairs unconscious, with blood flowing from his left ear. The escape door from his room upstairs, which is 13.1 feet high was found opened, the report said.

“The deceased was rushed to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Emergency and seen at 2:49 a.m. on October 10, 2020, where he was diagnosed with severe head injuries. According ‘to medical records from ‘the JFK Medical Center, he started gasping for air at 3:40 a.m. and, following 20 minutes of unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him, he ceased breathing and was declared clinically dead at 4:00 AM on October 10, 2020,” the report explained.

At Nyeswa’s house, there is a narrow door on the top floor above the entrance of the house, from where he is believed to have fallen. It is not the width of a normal door, but about half the width. Someone the size of he would have needed to turn sideways to pass through that door. Outside that door is a ledge with barely enough space for his feet — and then an instant drop — meaning that there is no porch or platform or even a banister to protect one from falling. 

For George Fahnboto, the autopsy report says he ran into a speed breaker in the Roland Duo curve, lost control of his vehicle, struck a pedestrian and landed in the garage of Dr. Joseph T. K. Boakai’s private residence, about 200 feet from the road. The cause of death was attributed to injuries to the head, chest and abdomen but there was no metallic density foreign in his body.

“It is our professional and expert opinion, the manner of death is unnatural and involves right frontal cerebral contusion and disruption of brain, with hemorrhage, and right frontal complex depressed comminuted fracture, and the vehicle in head-on collision and side-impact with house,” the pathologists concluded.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    It is time ! It is time ! As Mr. True or False Nationalist once said in one of his many post on this forum , speaking of the violent clashes that took place in Grand Gedeh against supporters of CPP, it was ruled by Mr. True or False Nationalist as an an eye for an eye. For this senseless killing ruled as “accidental” by the regime, James Davis will encore that very statement with a tooth for a tooth. Meaning no more killing mama and no more killing papa and they will vote for you. This time it will be a tooth for a tooth, and an eye for an eye. They killed, they too must be killed.
    Cause according to Malcolm X, when a snake bites you, or your child, or your wife or your husband, you don’t go looking in the bush for a snake with blood on its mouth. Any snake in the snake kingdom of snakes will do. Any snake in the snake kingdom that is going around and killing innocent citizens, will do. Any snake in the Kingdom. Just as Mr. True or False Nationalist said, an eye for an eye, and James Davis says a tooth for a tooth. No more killing poor mama and killing poor papa, and they will vote you and keep you in power forever. It is getting ugly over there.
    But one thing though, what is this thing about CCTV cameras spoken about by George, that citizens need to invest in ? Do the citizens actually need a CCTV camera for a killing alread ruled accidental death from carbon monoxide poison by the regime ? A CCTV camera ? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! They just can’t get their lies together . Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! What A Miserable God Forsaken Land ? What A Lying Regime ? Ninety-nine Days For Killer, But One Damned Good Day For The People. Which Will Be One Bad Lucky Day For The Killer. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! The pages of the history books of that country are full of those One Bad Lucky Day in favor of The People. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

  2. The dump headed justice minister in musa dean has again proven exactly his character. This idiot of a minister who justified the death of poor Angel Tokpa killed by his foster brother Hans Williams and his wicked wife in madea Kpaku is back on the world stage. Musa will eventually have his day and that’s expected very soon. musa will have his demise roughly and only his same masters will attest what will happened to his remains once hes erased from this earth.

    Musa, just so u know that your days are numbered and very soon, you have your wrath just as these innocent folks disappeared in their killers hands in Nathaniel McGill, Sam Tweah, Norris Tweah, George Dump and Dull weah, Jeff tamba Koigee, Bill towaway, Trokon Kpue, Trokon Roberts, Sabato denies, Anthony torbor CKA Belcharmie, do my do’ Supreme, bill tiklo the transporter of the lifeless bodies of Albert pereters and gufty, Deputy police Director Sackor and Emmanuel porter the errand boy and brief case holder etc. These are the characters involved with killings and disappearance of peaceful citizens. We have reported their details to the FBI and they are being closely monitor daily.

  3. These are the type of injustices that brings civil disputes and unrest in countries that execute blind justice to protect the wicked ones. How can Mr. Supreme be a free man in our society after all the evidence presented, nailed him at the crime on going and most of all, the belongings of Madam Gifty Lama, one of the victim were found in his pocession. Bitterness is building up in our country and is about time Liberians speaks up before it gets ugly for everyone. The administration is doing things badly in the wrong direction, yet keep lying about the facts. Four familiy lives are totally destroyed because, the Liberian National Police has become a state run police loyal to the ruling class of Liberia neglecting the paramount cause of establishment.

    Liberians, liberians, too soon and too quick to forget our darkest days of 14 years of total destruction we inflated on Liberia. The wounds are barely healing and people are inviting the same messed that led us to our civil unrest? What kind of people are we in Liberia that won’t learned from our mistakes? If the government can not protect and defend her citizens, then the people will have the right to protect and defend themselves in whatever necessary means they can. All these killings are taking place under the watched of the international communities and nothing is being said to question the lies of the administration.

    The country is very vulnerable to illegal entry of fire arms and this is the last thing that the government will wish for since they are failing to provide protections for the people of Liberia. They don’t want that neither the people of Liberia. But if that’s the way forward for the people to defend themselves, then the people will follow that direction and we are heading back to another trouble because, there are no names written on the bullets specifically concerning the victims. This government need to stop inflating its own wounds because, sooner or later, things will become very nasty in Liberia again.

    How can our government that supposed to defends and protect us, failed us? This is unacceptable because, many of us have claims only in Liberia which we owe royalty to. I don’t want to become a prisoner in my own country because my government can not afford protection for me, my kids and entire family. I must protect my family after seeing what is occurring in Liberia, people getting adopted and being murder in cool blood and protectionism is offered to the killer because he is a criminal. We need to start speaking up about these evil doings and stop being loyal to the administration for their wrong doing.

    Fellow Liberians, the perpetrators are out there with no repercussions for their actions by taking four innocent lives, the same time destroying four family status. Those four lives snatch away were the bread winner to long strings of family generation and everyone is mute about the outcome. Our country is once again sitting on a timing bomb and just waiting to explode. If this administration keeps in this direction, don’t address to defuse the situation, it’s just the matter of time and the big band theory will kick in to off set the timing bomb. We need to stop acting like everything is going on fine when they are not. How could Mr. Peters and Gifty died from mono carbon dioxide? How could Mr. Fanhbotou died from injuries sustained from car accident? How could Mr. Nyansuah died from a fall at his own dwelling? These are all red flags to trouble and yes, they are disturbing.

  4. Mr. Minister, we knew it would be the possible outcome from your investigation. We knew it from the day Dr. Dr. Dr. Weah stood on his shrine to give the verdict, “a boyfriend / girlfriend thing”. I don’t know why you guys wasted precious task payers’ money on a fraudulent and cursory investigation.
    But beware, the blood of those poor innocent people is crying out to God. My prayer is that God should not punish all Liberians for these gruesome killings. May the retaliation be limited to those who directly and indirectly ordered the untimely death of those 4 innocent souls.

    Rest in peace my people. May God forgive you for your shortcomings on earth to receive you in the bosom of His glory.
    We want lasting peace in Liberia!

    • It seems like embarrassed Mr. Hney is going to completely staying away from this one. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! Always say that the critics of George never gives him credit. Well Hney, here’s your chance to give George his due credit as usual. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! As always usual. LOL ! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !

  5. What’s a shame? The justice minister should resign at once!

    There should be an international indictment of the government until it brings to justice the killers!

    The suspected killers and their families includimg those of Harry Greaves and Alison should be placed under sanctions, should be barred from entering wesrern countries, with their accounts therewith, immediately frozen!

  6. Three questions cast devastating doubts on Hon. Musa Dean’s presentation. First, since the story suggests that Albert and Gifty were having sex from 10:37 AM to 9:PM on Broad St (of all places) in a supposedly “overheating” car, did the autopsy support that conclusion? Second, considering significance given to the alleged scene of crime (car), why did two police officers drive it away – along with the duo – without summoning LNP forensic investigators to effectively search the car for trace evidences? Third, if the sexual act was staged, why couldn’t the carbon monoxide added postmortem, meaning after the deaths?

    Like I said on Facebook and in previous comments on this platform, am not buying the convenient propaganda that a government which has much to lose in terms of undermining public safety when investors and tourists are being courted, so broke that she needs LRA to collect more revenues, and is facing a defining senatorial election, would be killing off LRA auditors. After all, audit reports don’t affect one’s job, or freedom in Liberia. Therefore, couldn’t rise to reliable motives for allegedly terroristic murders.

    Nonetheless, by seemingly helping in covering up policing inadequacies and inefficiencies by such a weak report, unwittingly GoL is setting herself up for blame. I have always wondered why our governments believe they have to defend poor performance of every organ in the bureaucracy. The attitude inhibits improvement in service delivery, and inevitably transfers public distrust of these institutions onto the government. We shouldn’t be embracing and covering up for guys who don’t know the heck what they are doing. It makes no sense.

    • Mr. Moses, you are correct and there should be no reason to cover up incompetence and totally discounting of a criminal offense anywhere in Liberia. Notwithstanding, the Minister of Justice & Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia and the Manneh Weah-led Government know that Albert K. Peters, Gifty Lamah, George Fahnboto, Emmanuel Nyesuwa and the Mathew Innis, were abducted, tortured, murdered and dumped as officially ordered and officially staged. So the so-called Autopsy Report is everything far from the TRUTH.

      Albert K. Peters, Gifty Lamah, George F. Fahnboto, Emmanuel B. Nyesuwa, and Mathew Innis, come what may, they were officially murdered and their murdered were officially staged!

      Minister Dean and the Weah-led Government know better than to call this murder an ACCIDENT.

      Officially domestic and terroristic murder are now official policy in Liberia.

      Every Liberian and resident are deeply fearful and there are well-founded fears everywhere!

  7. Mr. Minister of Justice, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, the George Manneh Weah-led Government, may call it whatsoever it thinks and believes. Albert K. Peters, Gifty Victoria Lamah, George F. Fahnboto, Emmanuel B. Nyesuwa, and Mathew Innis were all abducted, tortured and murdered. The murder of Albert, Gifty,
    George, Emmanuel and the Late Mathew Innis were officially planned and officially executed.

    Officially, Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel and Mathew Innis were officially murdered in the space of 8 days to conceal their audit reports. Mr. Minister of Justice & Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia, Liberians and residents need not remind you and the George Manneh Weah-led Government that the mysterious and unexplained murder of Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel and the Late Mathew Innis, has created deep and well-founded fear in every corner of the Republic of Liberia and every known and across every duly registered and operated businesses and professions, to include the cherished Legal Profession in Liberia.

    Undeniably, you know and every Liberian knows that Albert Peters, Gifty Victoria Lamah, George, Emmanuel, and Mather Innis, Auditors and Banker were murdered; they were murdered in cold-blood to criminally cover-up their Audit Reports. Minister of Dean, you and I know better. The murder of the Auditors and Banker was NO ACCIDENT. Their murder, were officially planned and officially fulfilled.

    Since every official of the George Manneh Weah-led Government has the capacity to LIE about the Auditors’ Reports and Financial Crimes, Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel and Mather Innis, didn’t need to be murdered to help conceal the criminal Economic Sabotage.

    Liberians need not remind you and the Manneh Weah-led Government of December 24, 1989 to August 22, 2003, nearly 300,000 Liberians were killed in a senseless war and at the hands of criminal minds.

    What is there to help you and the George Manneh Weah-led Government to learn from Liberia’s History?

    ABSOLUTELY, every Liberian knows that the Auditors were murdered in cold-blood.

    The encouraging and great news is this: The Crime of Murder is not barred by the Statute of Limitations.

    LEGALLY, this means that those officially ordered the murder and those that executed Albert, Gifty, George, Emmanuel, and the Late Mathew Innis, can always be indicted, arrested, and prosecuted!

  8. Liberia is considered as a ” Christian Nation”. Unfortunately, wickedness is everywhere. in this nation. Those individuals were brutally murdered while performing their duties in the interest of the nation. One thing that I known no sin will go unpunished. God will hold and expose those hidden hands behind their murder. They killed them so that the corrupt acts of this government will not be exposed. They killed them and took away their laptop computers. I want to encourage the bereaved families not to give up hope. God is still in control. Even though they killed them when no one would notice them, but our God is everywhere even in the darkness He is present is there because He created day and night. May the souls of our departed brothers and sister rest in perpetual peace! Jesus is coming for the second and perhaps the last time to complete His mission. All people both dead and the living will rise up and face the final judgement! On that day the perpetrators behind these crimes will be exposed and face the final judgement. On that day those who were killed and murdered will have the opportunity to know and recognize their murderers!!!

  9. George Manneh “Oppong” Weah and ALL members of his regime have BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS..!

    It is about time to start treating this inhumane George Weah regime as a Pariah Entity.

  10. Folks, James Davis et al…it’s very sad in our country. Since other saw killers killed and walked the streets free, other Liberians have gotten to the point of killing others and walking free. The 14 years brutal civil war claimed 350,000 lives plus. Many factions were involved, however, only one actor is sitting behind bars( Charles Taylor). What happened to the rest of the actors like Prince Johnson, Ellen J. Sirleaf, Dematha Sekou Konneh, Alahaji Kromah, etc. I m very sorry for the souls of our poor people.
    My heart goes out to the bereaved families. May the souls of your love one enter paradise, along with other Liberians that lives were cut short since April 14, 1979 to September 2003.

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