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Police, Justice silent on Allison’s death

Since February 13, 2015, when the lifeless body of Cllr. Michael Allison was discovered on the beach in the Sinkor suburb of Monrovia, the Liberian Government, through the Liberia National Police announced an immediate investigation into the circumstances leading to the man’s death.

Unfortunately, the LNP has since failed to make public an update of the investigation. When the Police Spokesman Sam Collins was contacted via mobile phone Wednesday about the investigation, he said the investigation was being conducted by authorities at the Justice Ministry, even though the police had initially said it was probing the incident.   

According to Spokesman Collins, the LNP was not responsible  to conduct the investigation, and that all questions about Allison’s death should be directed to the Ministry of Justice.

His response follows inquiry over the reported arrival of foreign detectives particularly from the U.S and to help in the investigation.

His referral to the Justice Ministry was rebuffed by a Justice Ministry official who said that it his response was out of place because the police is the agency responsible to conduct such investigations.

Cllr. Michael Allison- the former consultant to the House of Representatives on the nation-wide oil and gas consultations who reportedly blew  the whistle on the US$25,000.00 saga involving House Speaker Alex Tyler and Representative Adolph Lawrence resulting to the ongoing investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission or LACC,  was  been found dead in February this year on a Sinkor beach behind the Royal Air Maroc Monrovia office in his underwear with foams pouring from his mouth.
Whether or not he drowned or got killed remains unclear.

The late Allison, Managing Director of the BRICS Mano River Union Legal Consultants, had, in the past few days to his death, been complaining to friends and close aides that his life was in danger.

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A press statement issued on February 16, 2015, by the Liberia National Police  said the late Cllr. Michael Allison was discovered lying unconscious on the beach on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Police said a brief case history of the incident revealed that during the evening hours of February 12 at about 1800hours, the late Allison and his female friend (name withheld) were walking along the beach when he allegedly told her that he was feeling warm and wanted to waste some sea water on his body.

“It is further alleged that he then took off his clothes and walked into the sea, at which time he allegedly got drowned,”  read the statement by the police. According to the police, the body of the late  Allison is presently deposited at the John F. Kennedy Hospital Morgue for preservation, pending an autopsy.

A Sierra Leonean Pathologist is reported to have been flown into the country to perform an autopsy- something he reportedly did, but findings are yet to be made public. Other reports had it that the result of the autopsy was presented to the Justice Ministry, but that is yet to be confirmed neither by the LNP nor the ministry.

The police have, meanwhile, appealed to the general public to provide any information that may assist the investigation. Senior officials at the Justice Ministry are reneging on commenting on the investigation.

It is becoming clearer that the public may get the full details of what led to the death of the son of former Defense Minister Gray D. Allison.

However, there are unconfirmed reports that United States Government has taken serious interest in the investigation. Information obtained by this paper indicates that undercover agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI are in the country to help with the investigation, even though the United States Embassy near Monrovia could not be reached for verification.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor

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