Liberians protest $100m ‘missing’ from containers at port

Liberians protest $100m ‘missing’ from containers at port

Student protesters have taken to the streets to ask President George Weah to release the report of investigations he launched into how $100m (£76m) worth of Liberian currency allegedly went missing.

In March 2018, it was alleged that the newly printed bank notes intended for the central bank vanished from containers in the main port in Monrovia and airport.

The protest is coming a few hours to the delivery of the footballer-turned president’s State of the Nation address which marks his one year in power.

The Deputy Press Secretary to the president, Smith Toby, has urged the protesters to listen to what the president will have to say in his address instead of protesting ahead of the speech.

Toby however told reporters that none of the groups investigating the matter had submitted a report to the president. He said the president himself is interested in the outcomes of the investigations and has promised to hold to account anyone found to have been involved the alleged disappearance of the money.

In September, the Liberian government ordered an investigation into the ‘missing’ money, and President Weah also asked the US for help with the inquiry.
The president is expected to address the nation at 16:00 local time.

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