By Timothy T. Seaklon
The relatives and friends of the late Atty. Michael Allison are calling for a speedy, professional and comprehensive investigation that will lay bare all facts and circumstances that led to the death of Atty. Michael Allison.
The relatives and friends of the late Atty. Allison in a press statement issued in Monrovia during the weekend also called for the need for a full scale investigation and audit of all procurement, sales and proceeds of Liberia’s oil; blocks and the benefits derived there from; and expressed the hope that the institutions of integrity, PPCC, GAC and LACC will develop interest in the matter.
The late Attorney’s relatives and friends said given the level of disagreements and revelations associated with the Legislature, there is a need for an audit of various budgetary incomes and expenditures of the national Legislature and its various committees.
They further noted that as friends and relatives of the late Michael Allison, they are concerned about justice in this whistleblower’s case but are equally concerned and have appealed to their lawyers to extend whatever service they can also provide to assist the family of the 12 year-old girl who allegedly died from rape in the Brewerville suburb.
They also noted that this demonstrates that as Liberians they are not only concerned about their own, saying, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The relatives and friends of the late Atty. Michael Allison also said they are equally shocked that this Government has failed to address the absence of a pathologist in the country and recalled that the death of the late Angel Togba exposed the vulnerability of ordinary citizens in this regard.
They observed that more than five years later, Liberians are still grappling with this problem and therefore called for immediate attention in addressing this problem, saying, “ The blood of our citizens continues to cry for answer to their death and this government bears full responsibility to answer to their cries.”
“We particularly await the autopsy report being fully aware that the uniqueness of this matter will draw the attention of the Government and people of Liberia and the international community. The conclusion of this matter will epitomize Government’s commitment in the fight against corruption,” the press statement noted.
On February 13, 2015 the country woke up to the tragic news of the death in the Atlantic Ocean of Attorney Michael Allison weeks after exposing an over payment of work he has done by providing expert advice to the National Legislature in what was referred to as a national consultative process.
He then became the whistleblower apparently to the dissatisfaction of those who felt hardest hit by his disclosure and his death under such circumstances does raise alarm.
His act of bravery led to a full scale investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission(LACC) into what many observers still believe was the “tip of an iceberg,’ by the LACC and other developments at the National Legislature where calls were made for the suspension or recusal of the Speaker from presiding over the session of the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the relatives and friends of the late Atty. Michael Allison who was a legal Petroleum Consultant have expressed their thanks and appreciation to Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, of the Liberia Law Society for the extent of his involvement and support in the case.
They also lauded the public, civil society, the Religious community, political and social institutions, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), the Maryland Bar Association represented by Atty. Edwin Martin who have expressed concern and interest in Atty. Allison’s case.
Concluding, the relatives and friends of the late lawyer said, “This matter cannot be ignored and abandoned. This is a matter to be pursued by the friends and relatives of Atty. Allison alone. It is the national duty to account for every drop of Michael’s blood and we will follow it through to the end until justice is done.”