Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor,has described the mysterious death of the former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, Harry Greaves, as terrifying and worrisome.
Senator Taylor said the incident indicates that Liberia is not safe and called on the government to do better in protecting Liberians and foreign residents. Speaking at the Capitol Building Monday, the Bong County lawmaker said the gruesome death of Mr. Greaves is terrifying and worrisome for the growing democracy of a country that is struggling to survive amidst the drawdown and eventual departure of UNMIL by June this year.
Mr. Greaves was discovered dead on Sunday, January 31, 2016, on the beach behind the old Budget Bureau near the Executive Mansion, barely three days after he reportedly went missing from the RLJ Hotel, off the Robertsfield Highway. The former LPRC boss was discovered completely naked lying on the beach.
The site where the corpse of Mr. Greaves’ was found is just few meters away from where the lifeless body of the late Cllr. Michael Alison, who was a key witness in an oil consultation scandal involving high profile government officials from the Legislative branch of government was also found in February 2015.
Autopsy reports released by the Ministry of Justice on the death of the late Cllr. Alison said he died as a result of drowning in the Atlantic Ocean where he had allegedly gone to swim. However, critics recalled that Madam Taylor was conspicuously silent during the reign of her husband ex-president Charles Ghankay Taylor when there were suspicious deaths in the country.
They mentioned some of those victims during the Taylor era as Sam Dokie,Teah Faculty and Sierra Leonean ex-rebel general, Sam Boakarie alias “General Mosquitoes”, among others. Some Liberians including counselor Taiwon Gongole, Journalist Throble Suah, human rights activist Aloysius Toe, and others were mercilessly beaten upon the order of Taylor while the now senator was First Lady of Liberia.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Edited by Jonathan Browne