Blog: Suspicious Internal Audit Deaths Demand Answers
In his blog, IIA President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, shares his personal reflections and insights on the internal audit profession. Here’s an excerpt from his latest post:
There is growing shock and concern over the suspicious deaths of four public-sector internal auditors in Liberia. While their violent deaths remain under investigation and there has been no formal finding of conspiracy or targeting, the losses have sent reverberations across the African nation and alarmed internal audit professionals around the world.
The victims, three from the Liberia Revenue Authority and one who served as head of the nation’s Internal Audit Agency, died in just over a week’s time. Their names should be burned into the consciousness of every member of our profession:
- Emmanuel Barten Nyeswua, director general, Liberia Internal Audit Agency
- Albert Peters, Liberia Revenue Authority
- Gifty Lama, Liberia Revenue Authority
- George F. Fanbutu, Liberia Revenue Authority
There is little verified information regarding their untimely deaths as official investigations continue, but press accounts describe troubling circumstances and hint at possible retaliation against our colleagues.