MFDP Minister Says ‘Missing LD16 Billion’ Is Here, But Issues Warning To Employees Not To Speak About It
As Liberian angrily demanding the return of the alleged ‘Missing Container’ containing LD16 Billion or over $100 Million from the Liberian Government, Liberia’s Minister of Finance, Development and Planning (MFDP), Samuel Tweah has disclosed that the money in question is here, but declined to state the location.
Speaking on a local radio station in Monrovia yesterday, September 20, 2018 , Minister Tweah said Liberians should not worry about the missing container where the money is being kept, and warned all employees of the Ministry not to speak on the alleged missing container.
Since the news of the missing billions was reported in a local daily, the Hot Pepper Newspaper, Liberians have been querying the CDC-leg Government as why this issue was not been talked about, questioning the sincerely of President Weah and his Government.
Already, the former Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf under whose tenure the alleged container containing the money was brought into the country has vowed to expose anyone who will launch a campaign to damage her legacy.
When current Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah took over the leadership of the country, he said his administration met the nation’s coffer emptied, but this statement was debunked by the outgoing President Sirleaf, noting that she left money in the coffer.
This statement by the former President has been amplified by Liberians who are questioning the sincerely of the CDC leg Government as to why it cannot come out to tell the truth about the missing money.
“We are indeed disappointment in this Government, why so soon that money of such amount must be reported missing. Why if the media was not going to highlight this, we would not have known. It is frustrated,” Nathaniel Jacobs, a student of the University of Liberia speaking on the issue angrily noted.
It may be recalled that a local daily reported last week that agents of the NSA as well as the LNP on September 13, 2018, raided the offices of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) which, it has been claimed, signed off for the container before it left the port.
The report has generated a lot of interest in social media. But the truth of the matter will be revealed as CBL provides its side of the story and as government security agencies work to reveal what might have happened as well as who might have been behind the mystery ship that reportedly brought such a huge consignment of money into the country only for it to allegedly disappear, like night at the break of day, while millions of Liberians, desperately in need of hard cash for economic and infrastructural development, wallow in base poverty.
According to an independent and informative local daily, The Hot Pepper Newspaper September 13, 2018 edition quoting sources at the National Port Authority, disclosing that on March 31, 2018 a 40-foot container containing L$9 billion, approximately, US$33.5 million allegedly left the Port of Monrovia and has not been accounted for.
According to the paper, the container in question was signed by an official of the Central Bank of Liberia, noting that a request was written by Mariea E. Grisbt-Toe received printed material from the Port, ”On the 312t of March. Mariea E. Grisbt-Toe , Oldada Deshield, Musulyn R. B. Jackson and five others took custody of the container and were escorted by well-armed members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police.
The container, according to the Hot Pepper Newspaper source, allegedly vanished in thin air, as it was not taken to the headquarters of the Central bank of Liberia. The Paper quoting its source said the brokers who cleared the container from the Port Lawrence Sirleaf and Flist G.N. Jolo of the JVS Enterprise Incorporated.
The Paper also alleged that that the medium has also received information that two flights of the Royal Air Moroc, filled with cash printed in Lebanon arrived at the Roberts International Airport without the knowledge of the President of Liberia. According to the Papers source, the printing of the money, the paper source said was not requested by the Government of Liberia.