Private Siafa T. Darbney of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), with enlistment number EN/2015-2323 of Class 08, has been indicted for recruitment related bribery, a statement issued over the weekend from the AFL’s Public Affairs has confirmed.
The accused reportedly induced some of the over 500 applicants to pay an undisclosed sum of money to him before being allowed to enter the Barclay Training Center (BTC) recruitment site.
AFL said Pvt. Darbney’s alleged bribe-taking is against their ethic, “because the AFL commits itself to the standard of professionalism in the discharge of its constitutional duties under the watchful eyes of the Chief of Staff Daniel Ziankahn, his Deputy, Eric Waymah Dennis, and the Brigade Commander of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, Colonel Prince C. Johnson, III.”
Pvt. Darbney is to face the AFL Disciplinary Board with immediate effect based on multiple complaints filed by several applicants who are desirous of enlisting in the army.
According to a joint investigation by the Military Police (MP) and the Legal Section of the AFL into the circumstances of bribery and graft allegation, it was established that on February 18, Pvt. Darbney made a voluntary confession in both a written statement and recorded on video.
As a result, AFL Chief of the Staff (COS), Brigadier/General Daniel D. Ziahkahn Jr., with immediate effect, convened a Disciplinary Board to investigate Pvt. Darbney on the charge of bribery.
“The full weight of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) will be brought against Pvt. Darbney if convicted by the Board,” the statement emphasized.
Pvt. Darbney’s action, the statement said, violates Article 134, which speaks against “bribery and graft” of the UCMJ.
Meanwhile, COS Ziankahn has encouraged the public to continue on the positive trend of reporting any act on the part of any soldier that tends to bring the reputation and credibility of the AFL into public disrepute.
In a related development, the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) has assured the public that any act of indiscipline will have no place in the current AFL, which has portrayed itself over the years as “a Force for Good.”