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Friday, June 14, 2024

TENSIONS RISE IN ARMED FORCES OF LIBERIA FOLLOWING MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF SERGEANT BOBBY MANNEH

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MONROVIA – Tensions are rising within the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) following the recent death of a soldier, sparking concerns over the circumstances surrounding his demise. Sergeant Bobby Manneh was found dead at the Edward Beyan Kesselly Barracks (EBK) along the Robertfield highway, with reports suggesting that he had shot himself multiple times in the head while on duty. AFL Chief of Public Affairs, Captain Steven Tarplah, disclosed this information to the media on Friday, May 31.

The exact details surrounding Sergeant Manneh’s death remain unclear, prompting an ongoing investigation conducted by the AFL Military Police in collaboration with the Homicide Division of the Liberia National Police. Authorities are diligently working to unravel the circumstances leading to this tragic event and have assured the public that a comprehensive statement will be issued upon the conclusion of the investigation.

Sergeant Manneh was known within the AFL for his dedication to improving soldiers’ welfare, advocating for better living conditions, and organizing the soldiers’ wives. However, his advocacy had reportedly made him a thorn in the side of former AFL leadership. While the investigation is still ongoing, Liberian House of Representatives member Yekeh Kolubah has publicly alleged that the soldier was not a victim of self-inflicted harm but was, in fact, murdered. Kolubah made these claims during a radio interview without providing any evidence to substantiate his allegations.

The death of Sergeant Manneh has shed light on deeper issues within the AFL, particularly regarding discontent among military personnel over pay and resource allocation. Sources within the AFL reveal a significant division among soldiers, who accuse the High Command of failing to implement promised pay increases when personnel are promoted to higher positions or ranks. This issue has caused considerable tension, as it is believed that allocated funds intended for this purpose have not been utilized as intended.

As the investigation continues, the AFL and the Liberia National Police are dedicated to uncovering the truth behind Sergeant Manneh’s death. The allegations made by Yekeh Kolubah have added another layer of complexity to this already sensitive situation. The AFL remains committed to addressing the concerns of its personnel and ensuring transparency in the investigation process.

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