Liberia slaps travel bans on 15 people since it probes missing cash – Modern Ghana (news release) (blog)
Sirleaf, Africa’s first woman president, was in control once the money disappeared. By Yasuyoshi CHIBA (AFP/File)
Liberia on Thursday imposed travel bans on 15 people, like the son of ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, carrying out a probe in to the disappearance of new bills worth 100 million US dollars nearly.
The investigation premiered in August after “information surrounding the arrival of containers and bags of moneys” at the port and the airport terminal of the administrative centre Monrovia, the justice ministry had said.
Travel bans were slapped on Sirleaf’s son, Charles, former central bank governor Milton Lebanese and Weeks businessman George Abi Jaoudi, who was simply to Sirleaf close, thursday the government said.
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“The federal government takes the ongoing investigation seriously since it has national security implications,” an given information ministry statement said.
“Authorities at all ports of entry/exit including land borders, sea and air ports have already been directed to take due cognizance of the circular,” it said.between November 2017
The government said initial findings indicate the money arrived, when Sirleaf was president still, august this year and. In January the existing government led by President George Weah took over.
“The federal government has requested the help of america Treasury Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the International Monetary Fund,” the inside ministry said.
The probe has been widened to cover all bills printed since 2016.
Former football star Weah has vowed to crack down on corruption and unveiled in July a number of monetary and fiscal measures to prop up the neighborhood currency and tackle inflation.
He announced the central bank was injecting 25 million US dollars in to the economy to mop excessive liquidity of Liberian dollars.
In March, Weah said he previously “inherited a national country that’s very broke, depleted by political malfeasance”.