AFL Soldiers Assault Six in Bong

Commander admits to wrongdoing, apologizes

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One of the victims, a pregnant woman, at C. B. Dunbar Hospital

By Marcus Malayea in Gbarnga, Bong County

Six civilians, including a pregnant woman, of Wainsue Town in Jorquelleh District, Bong County sustained multiple injuries when they were allegedly assaulted by some members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) assigned at the Camp Tubman Military Barracks in Gbarnga.

The injured are currently at the C. B. Dunbar Maternity Hospital and the Phebe Hospital in Bong County. According to information, the incident occurred when an unnamed female soldier in ‘mufti’ (civilian clothes) who arrived in Wainsue on Friday May 19 to attend a traditional wedding got into a fight with a commercial motorbike rider identified as Lincoln Namakpeah on the same day.

The report said a misunderstanding between the soldier and Namakpeah resulted into the soldier reportedly slapping Namakpeah in the left ear.

Eyewitnesses say on Saturday, May 20 a white jeep with the inscription “EOD AFL Operations” arrived in Wainsue with several uniformed, baton-wielding soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia, who started assaulting anyone they saw in the town, throwing Wainsue into a state of confusion.

During preliminary investigations later, many residents complained that the soldiers also broke into their private homes and made away with their personal belongings, including clothes and cash.

In response, Captain Francis Gbodi of the AFL, after investigations, informed the citizens that the soldiers were in the wrong for assaulting the citizens.

He assured them that the AFL High Command will also investigate the case and the findings will be forwarded to requisite authorities for appropriate action.

Captain Gbodi is a member of the 23rd Infantry Brigade at the Schiefflin Military Barracks.

For his part, Bong County Electoral District #3 Representative George Sylvester Mulbah, who is also Chairman of the Legislative Caucus and the House’s Standing Committee Chairman on National Defense, guaranteed that the AFL soldiers who were involved ‘in the ugly act’ will face the full weight of the law.

Rep. Mulbah told the angry residents in a meeting that he will engage the required authorities on the matter and will restitute whatever properties were damaged and or stolen during the melee.

The preliminary investigations were attended by Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy, Assistant Superintendent for Development Anthony Sheriff, top brass of the AFL, and local leaders of the county.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Old wine in new bottles simple as that people. I can just imagined some years back the electric broom’s days.

  2. These are not the days of the NOTORIOUS LIBERIA FRONTIER FORCE, LFF; when the only enemies Liberia’s Military had, were the very CITIZENS they-the MILITARY was supposed to be protecting. The Soldiers involved, must be fully dealt with; accordingly. Soldiers, remember the saying: “SOLDIERS -BE’-GENTLEMAN”; *This saying was made popular by the then Chief of Staff, General Henry Koiboy Johnson and then Bridgade Commander, General Binyan W. Kesselly. Carry On Soldiers!

  3. There is a disconnect in the story between where the soldier slapped the bike rider and the pick-up arriving in the town. What happened after the soldier slapped the biker that will lead to a pick-up full of them coming in the town?

  4. Please do your best Hon Mulbah for the people of Wainsue. No one is above the law no matter your status in society. I am from wainsue, My brothers and sisters live there with most of my extended families. It’s disgusting to know that in such a modern age solders still go about beating on other members of society.

  5. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THIS IS A COUNTRY OF LAW,BE IT CIVILIANS OR PUBLIC SERVANTS. I AM NOT SURE WHY LOTS OF PEOPLE IN LIBERIA TAKE THE LAWS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS? WE SHOULD NOT BE TALKING ABOUT CRIMINAL ELEMENTS WITHIN THE MILITARY, BUT RATHER INVESTIGATING THEM,AND TURNING THEM OVER FOR FURTHER PROSECUTION. THIS IS TOTALLY RIDICULOUS,LOOK AT THE POOR PREGNANT LADY. WITHOUT THE RULE OF LAWS,YOU DO NOT HAVE A COUNTRY,MEANING, NO ONE IS ABOVE ,THE LAW.

  6. Soldiers and civilians are like a lit candle near gasoline – inflammable. Unfortunately, ours is a country of perennial misrule to the extent that rulers depend on the threat of state violence to intimidate citizens, hence, armed officers would always want to flex their muscle, regardless.

    And, ironically, there is nothing much our rulers can do except for the occasional empty noises. They need these officers to protect them from the very citizens who elected them. This isn’t a theory, just reality.

    As real democracy takes shape, though, the powers that be may soon learn that good governance, meaning responsive responsible political leadership, not undisciplined armed officers is the panacea for bringing Security Sector and populace together in the just cause of public safety and national defense.

    Put another way, it is that dynamic necessary to create long – term stability, and lasting peace, because everybody has a stake, so to speak. Of course, you can’t have few milking the system while millions remain in abject poverty, and bleat about “relative peace” – it’s delusional.

  7. Wow, I thought the days of army harassing people were OVER. By the way, did government really train and transform those old rebels into good and respectful citizens in our society? They need a lot of sensitivity training. i hope those who are responsible for such a senseless violence in Bong County will be brought to justice

  8. Comment:seeing all of these things happing
    let all know that human government have fail
    Only Jehovah kingdom can solve mankind problem
    may all of God creation pray for his kingdom to come with his son Jesus Christ at king
    Hi
    to all in Bong county

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