SSG Keita Musa and Corporal Jugbe Peter are now both dubbed as former members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). The two soldiers, Keita Musa and Jugbe Peter were dishonorably discharged from the force in line with Chapter 7, Section 7.7 (j) of the New National Defense Act of August 2008, an AFL press release has disclosed.
According to the release issued on Sunday, March 8, 2020, 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, through its Military Police (MP) immediately launched an investigation into the matter. The investigation, according to the AFL release found SSG Keita Musa and Cpl Jugbe Peter guilty of the act of assault, cruelty and maltreatment against Dakai Woods in Gbarnga City, Bong County.
The AFL release further noted that the MP investigation 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).
The release is quoted as saying that the soldiers’ actions contradict the principle of building a disciplined and professional military and a force for good. Meanwhile, 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 in accordance with legal instruments.