‘I Was Denied Access To My Wife’s Body’ By: R. Joyclyn Wea:j.wea@newrepublicliberia.com

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The husband to fallen acting tax service Manager  at  the Liberia Revenue Authority(LRA) asserted that he was denied access to his wife body on the crime scene and at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center where his late wife and her boss bodies were taken for initial examination.

Sylvester Lama made the assertion in an interview with Reporters at the St. Moses Funeral Home on Monday, October 5, 2020.

Last Friday, the bodies of both Albert Peters and his workmate, Mrs. Gifty Asmah Lama, were discovered dead in his vehicle on Broad Street near the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Both deceased were employees of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA). Mr. Peters served as an Internal Auditor while Mrs. Lama was a research analyst.

He termed the denial of family members to view the bodies of the late Gifty Lama as well as the hasty depositing of the deceased remains as uncalled-forl and unfair to such a high profile person who had served the nation.

He said, the untimely death of his wife has created a great mental tension and frustration for him and the family. He said,  he sense a foul play in the death, evidenced by rush associated with the removal of the body from one location to the other.

He said,  prior to the discovery of his deceased Wife’s lifeless body; an unidentified man answered Gifty’s phone (His Wife) at 2 A.M. Friday Morning following repeated calls by his sister-in-law and other family members.

He  added: “The person just told my sister-in-law that you will find your sister tomorrow morning in the car and the phone went off. Early that Friday morning his in-laws and I were alarmed to news that two persons were found dead on Broad Street.” He continued;  “when we got on Broad Street, my father-in-law and I met St. Moses already there taking the body, along with the LRA Boss and requested to see the bodies, but they refused. Still at JFK, they refused to allow us see the bodies.” 

Lama dispelled rumors that his wife was into extra marital affairs noting that the late Gift was an inspiration to him and the entire family and that there were no confusion of any kind between them.

Recounting their last conversation Lama said; “she only explained that she had acted for over six months since her promotion and subsequent position as acting Tax Services Manager, upon her return from the United States on the Mandela Fellowship and wonders why she has not be given the job officially.

At the same time, Lama stated that he has confidence in the investigation skills of the government to bringing to book those person or persons who murdered this wife.

“I will not begin making comments here that tend to prejudice the ongoing investigation. But, let me say the families of the deceased are heart-stricken and we need justice. We need justice that we may have rest with the mental trauma their deaths have brought to  us.” Lama maintained.

The police is said to be investigating the case. No suspect has been arrested.

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Alphonso has  been in the profession for over twenty years. He has worked for many international media outlets including: West Africa Magazine, Africa Week Magazine, African Observer and did occasional reporting for CNN, BBC World Service, Sunday Times, NPR, Radio Deutchewells, Radio Netherlands. He is the current correspondent for Reuters. Mr. Toweh holds first MA with honors in International Relations and a candidate for second master in International Peace studies and Conflict Resolution.
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