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Liberia’s government has banned 15 people, like the son of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, from leaving the united states although it investigates the alleged disappearance of tens of huge amount of money designed for the central bank, the Ministry of Information has said in a statement.

Border posts have already been informed that Charles Sirleaf, the deputy governor of the central bank, and Milton Weeks, the former governor of the lender, are the type of barred from travelling abroad, the statement added.

Mr Sirleaf and Mr Weeks haven’t commented yet.

Bank notes

However, Mrs Sirleaf was quoted by the Front Page Africa news site as saying that the lender had given “full evidence and clarification” to refute allegations that the amount of money had disappeared.

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The government has ordered a study in to the alleged disappearance of the newly printed bank notes that had reportedly result from abroad between November this past year and August this season.

“The federal government… takes the ongoing investigation since it has national security implications seriously,” the statement added.

The statement didn’t say just how much had opted missing allegedly. Some reports put the quantity at around $60m among others at around $100m.

Stunning victory

The central bank had flatly denied that containers filled with the amount of money had disappeared from the port in the administrative centre, Monrovia, Liberia’s Daily Observer news site reported.

Mrs Sirleaf, a former Nobel Peace Prize winner, in January after her two terms ended stepped down as president.

She was succeeded by former football star George Weah, per month earlier following his stunning victory in elections.