Liberia Immigration Service’s Boss Dies of Unknown Illness

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Lemuel E. A. Reeves, the commissioner general of the Liberia Immigration Service, has died following a brief illness.

Abraham Dolley, the spokesperson for the Liberia Immigration Service, confirmed the death of Reeves via mobile phone to The Bush Chicken on Monday, October 1.

Though Dolley said he did not know the exact day Reeves was taken to the Fidelity Health Care Facility in Sinkor, he said the former commissioner general died at the facility on Sunday, September 30 at 10 p.m.

“We do not know the exact cause of death and are still waiting on the family regarding the medical report,” he added.

“Reeves’ body has been deposited at the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Services in Sinkor pending funeral arrangements,” Dolley said.

He said he and the former LIS commissioner general last interacted on Thursday, September 27 and he saw no signs Reeves being ill.

Moses K. Yebleh, the deputy commissioner for administration, will now be acting in Reeves’ position.

In September 2012, Reeves served as deputy commissioner for naturalization at the then Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization and was later appointed as commissioner general in January 2014 by former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf following the passage of a new immigration law.

In January 2018, Reeves was reappointed by President George Weah as the LIS commissioner general, a position he held until his death.

Reeves, a lawyer by training, previously served as a trainer and facilitator at the James A. A. Pierre Judicial Institute. He was also a senior legal associate for the Carter Center’s Access to Justice project in Liberia, which aimed to strengthen the legal foundation of civil society partners, traditional leaders, and prepared legal education training materials.

He was a member of the Supreme Court Bar of Liberia and a member of the Liberia National Bar Association.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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