Officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia [AFL] allegedly flog a commercial motorcyclist Otis Domah Tuayen in Graie Town along the Sacleapea-Tappita highway in Nimba County, leaving him hospitalized.The 27-year-old victim currently receiving medication at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta, Nimba County narrates he and a friend were on their way from Graie Town to Zoela Town to call an herbalist when 11 AFL soldiers riding in a truck stopped their bike and demanded them to join other motorcyclists in helping to open the road for the truck to pass.
According to the victim, he informed the soldiers that he was sent to call an herbalist so he had no time.
The soldiers were traveling from Monrovia with supplies to Grand Gedeh County when their truck stocked in the mud, forcing them to spend few days on the road.
Ernest Zuo, a cyclist in the town where the incident occurred, explains since the soldiers arrived there, they allegedly forced all motorcyclists in the area to help in fixing the road to enable them deliver the supplies to Grand Gedeh.
However, other eyewitnesses claim the soldiers used arms and objects in flogging Otis Domah Tuayen severely, leaving the victim bleeding.The father of the victim, Mr. Orando Tuayen explains that when he arrived on the scene, he saw soldiers mal-handling his son.
Mr. Tuayen continues that the commander for the soldiers only identified as Jalleh, gave US$20.00 to him to transport the victim to the Saclepea Health Center for medical treatment.But he says when they arrived at the health center, his son was bleeding profusely all over his body, so authorities there advised that the victim be taken to the Ganta United Methodist Hospital for proper medication.
Mr. Tuayen further discloses that while in Ganta with his son, Commander Jalleh sent 3,000 Liberian Dollars thru Mobile Money transfer service to his phone to help with the medical bill.AFL soldiers in the area declined to comment on the issue when contacted.
By Thomas Domah/Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne