Two Soldiers Dishonorably Discharged for Assault

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AFL Chief of Staff Prince C. Johnson, III: "Our soldiers are professional trained to maintain the country's peace."

The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has dishonorably discharged SSG Keita Musa and Corporal Jugbe Peter from the AFL in line with Chapter 7, Section 7.7 (j) of the New National Defense Act of August 2008.

According to an AFL press release issued Sunday, March 8, SSG Keita Musa and Cpl Jugbe Peter on 22 February 2020 were allegedly involved in circumstances that led to the assault, cruelty and maltreatment of a civilian, Dakia Woods in Gbarnga City, Bong County.

Upon receiving this information, the AFL, being a force for good, through its Military Police Investigation Team immediately launched an investigation into the matter.

The investigative report from the Military Police Investigation Team established that SSG Keita Musa and Cpl Jugbe Peter were involved in the assault, cruelty and maltreatment of Dakai Woods in Gbarnga City, Bong County. The report further established that the soldiers’ actions violated the following Articles of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ): Article 92 (failure to obey lawful order or regulation); Article 128 (assault); and Article 93 (cruelty and maltreatment).

According to the AFL statement, their actions contradict the principle of building a disciplined military and a force for good.

The Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia assure the public that personnel of the AFL who are proven to be involved in acts that contravene the UCMJ and the New National Defense Act of August 2008 will be dealt with accordingly through appropriate legal instruments.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Discipline is needed is every sector of our Army. Behave!
    Hope this serves as deterrent to the police, LIS & LDEA.

  2. Remain firm in your resolve to building a new, patriotic and professional army General. Congratulations for your disciplinary action.

    I hope our president could do the same with our old, unprofessional and no-mission Minister of Commerce and the unqualified Managing Director of LPRC instead of venting anger on a small and poor underman just to settle political scores, shame on them for plunging the country is that disgrace for a month with dire socio-economic consequences.
    I don’t know why they are not even ashamed to resign.

  3. Good riddance and what a great job by General Johnson for throwing out these bad guys. We need to recruit only the best – those who understand the mission and ethics of the Armed Forces of Liberia. Why on the one hand I feel happy that they lost their jobs, on the other hand they should have demonstrated a certain level of discipline and restraint in their encounter with this civilian.

  4. The disciplinary action of the Liberian military was swift. We thank the military brass for doing what is expected of them. However, the findings of the investigation that led to a dishonorable discharge was not specifically stated. In other words, what did the disgruntled men specifically do to Ms. Dakia?

    Secondly, sometimes it looks like crimes that are committed by low-level employees are quickly solved than crimes that are committed by the “higher ups” of most establishments. Example, according to what’s been said, the former Defense Minister, Mr. Samukai embezzled more than a million dollars (US) during his tenure at the Ministry of Defense. Up to date, no disciplinary action has been brought. I wonder whether his crime is less serious than the recently discharged men?

  5. Posted on March 10, 2020 at 1:43 PM EST

    The last time I checked, Liberia follows the UCMJ system of the United States which requires convening a court-martial for such a crime

    That system adheres to due process just like the civilian legal system.

    I am also aware of non-judicial punishment but this situation doesn’t apply.

    This requires a court-martial .It means that soldiers accused of assaulting and mistreating others need to be arrested by the military police, read their rights, allowed to consult their counsel, and prosecuted.

    If they are found guilty, they are entitled to appeal. After exhausting the entire process, they may be discharged dishonorably.

    Pray tell me. Have we exhausted the due process between February 22 and March 9 ?

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