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The High Command of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has discharged three personnel. The  action was taken on June 25, 2024. This action was effected for the “Good of the Service and/or for conduct not in keeping with AFL standards, and conduct which contravenes the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia,” in accordance with Section 7.7(j) of the National Defense Act of 2008, a release has indicated. The discharged personnel include: First Lieutenant (1Lt) Abraham Dolo (OF/2017-177), Private First Class (PFC) Kerkula Rocheforte (EN/2015-08/2367) and Private (Pvt) Essa Bility (EN/2022-09/2561). Discharged 1Lt Abraham Dolo enlisted as a Private in the AFL in 2009, became a Second Lieutenant in 2017, and was promoted to First Lieutenant in 2020. He was last assigned to the 23rd Infantry Brigade. It can be recalled that in February 2024, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder by a friend at a local drinking spot in the Baptist Seminary, Paynesville Area, using Lt. Dolo’s firearm. Lt. Dolo admitted to the Liberian National Police and AFL Military Police that he had been intoxicated and left his firearm unattended while using the restroom. A subsequent medical examination on 1Lt Dolo tested him positive with marijuana. The authority for this discharge is His Excellency Joseph Nyuma Boakai Sr., President of the Republic of Liberia and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia. Discharged PFC Kerkula Rocheforte enlisted in 2015 and was last assigned to the AFL Engineer Battalion in Gbarnga, Bong County. PFC Rocheforte was found in possession of 32 wraps of Kush drugs in the Barracks. He was later tested positive for marijuana at the 14 Military Hospital. The authority for this for this administrative discharge is Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of Liberia. Discharged Pvt Essa Bility enlisted in October 2022 and was last assigned to the Armed Forces Training Command. Pvt. Bility tested positive for four different illegal substances, including cocaine and marijuana. The authority for this for this administrative discharge is Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of Liberia. It can be recalled that on June 21, 2024, Staff Sergeant Mohammed Rogers was also administratively discharged under Section 7.7(j) of the National Defense Act of 2008. The authority for this for this administrative discharge is Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of Liberia. The High Command of the AFL reminds its members of the “zero tolerance” policy on drug abuse and the importance of discipline, which is fundamental to national duty. Impunity will not be tolerated within our noble institution. The High Command reassures the public of its commitment to maintaining discipline and professionalism as a “Force for Good.”

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