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A ranking Liberian soldier Lieutenant Colonel Oyango Kole has died while serving as Liebria’s representative at the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Ministry of Defense here says.

In a social media post, the Ministry of Defense says ECOWAS has informed the defense authorities here of the demise of Liberia’s representative to the Commission, Lieutenant Colonel Oyango Kole of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

Lt/Col. Kole died in Abuja, Nigeria on Saturday 22 August after a brief illness, the Ministry reveals.
The AFL’s Chief of Public Affairs Maj. Jarboe, in a phone conversation with this paper, says this is not the first time, recalling that another AFL Officer Lasana Konneh died when he came from the assignment right at the end of his tenure.

Concerning Lt./Col. Kole, Mr. Jarboe says he was nearing the end of his tenure when he died. According to the Defense Ministry’s social media post, Lt./Col. Kole was until death, seconded to the ECOWAS Commission by the Ministry of National Defense as the Program Officer, Personnel and Logistics at the Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) in the Political Affairs, Peace and Security.

Lt/Col. Kole served the ECOWAS Commission with dedication, unalloyed loyalty, and patriotism to ECOWAS and his country Liberia.

The Ministry of Defense, the High Command of the Armed Forces of Liberia, and the Economic Community of West African have extended their respective condolences to the family of the fallen soldier.

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