President George Weah on Monday said he “is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Counselor David A.B. Jallah,” former Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the state-owned University of Liberia.
Cllr. Jallah, one of Liberia’s prominent lawyers for decades, died Monday at the Redemption Hospital on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia after fallen out at his home in that Monrovia suburb.
In an Executive Mansion Statement, Press Secretary Sam Mannah said “the President wishes to express his deepest condolence to the Jallah family and the Judiciary on the passing of their son and colleague.
“Cllr. Jallah’s outstanding contributions to the society will forever be cherished, as his passing has created a huge void in our legal system and leaves indelible marks in our hearts.
The Liberian leader hoped and prayed that God will comfort the family in this time of grief and strengthen their resolve to overcome such a great loss.
According to Weah, “Liberia has lost a great son!”
The late Cllr. David Jallah came in the public light in recent years for two roles which got a lot of media attention: 1. His appointment by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as head of the special presidential committee to investigate accusations of money laundering, counterfeiting, illegal arrest and conspiracy to defraud, involving some Korean nationals, a Lebanese and the National Security Agency (NSA).
2. The second role was on a rather downside when he was named in a damning Global Witness report on the Oil Block 13 saga.
The Cllr. Jallah committee made the following recommendations are:
(a) Appropriate administrative actions are taken against the operatives of the National Security Agency (five in all) who were directly involved with the arrest of the Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals immediately.
(b) The operatives of the National Security Agency (five in all) who were directly involved with the arrest of the Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals, and their co-conspirators (two who do not work with the NSA) be handed over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution in order to clear the name and image of the National Security Agency.
(c) The Government of Liberia refunds to the Korean nationals the full amount of the Two Hundred, Forty Seven Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars (US$247, 500.00) which they withdrew from the International Bank of Liberia (IBLL) on July 8, 2014, and which they proceeded with directly to the City King Hotel, immediately thereafter, and were arrested shortly after their arrival.
2. Global Witness in March this year named Cllr. Jallah in its report in which it called on the Liberian government to investigate past and present Liberian officials involved in the Exxon Mobil’s US$120 million purchase of oil Block 13 in 2013 for acts of corruption.