Court Orders Travel Ban for 35 Individuals in Investigation for Missing Banknotes

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Monrovia City Court has placed a travel ban on 35 individuals it described as persons of interest in the ongoing investigation for the alleged disappearance of billions of dollars in newly printed Liberian banknotes from the Central Bank of Liberia.

The individuals include Central Bank’s former executive governor, Milton Weeks, and Charles Sirleaf, the son of former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who serves as deputy governor for operations. The list includes numerous other officials of the Central Bank.

The order is an extension of a previous notice issued identifying several persons of interest, including Weeks and Sirleaf in the ongoing investigation. The national security circular also advised the individuals to not leave the country.

According to a writ issued by the court dated September 26, the government claims that the concerned individuals were about to leave the country amid the ongoing investigation. The writ prevents the individuals from traveling outside the country.

It followed an application by the government through its attorney general, Justice Minister Musa Dean.

The court, meanwhile, ordered the defendants to file a legal bond or they would face punishment by a jail sentence.

Name Position
Milton Weeks Former CBL Executive Governor
Charles Sirleaf Deputy Governor for Operations
Dorbor Hagba Director of Finance
Richard Walker Operations Director
Adolphus Forkpah Director for Internal audit
Cyrus Badio Head of Communications
Armie Rogers Special Assistant to the Executive Governor
Michael Ogun Senior Advisor for Multilateral Relations
James Jallah Legal Advisor
Mourier Siaplay Director for Supervision
Supuwood Tarpeh Assistant Director for Supervision
Mustapha Sherman Director of Finance
Sylvia Takpah Assistant Director for Financial Reporting
Joyce Dolo Director of Human Resources
George Wilson Deputy Director of Human Resources
Miatta Korfeh Deputy Director for Banking and Payment Systems development
Miatta Grisby-Toe Assistant Director for General Support Services
Musulyn Johnson Assistant Director for Operations, General Support Services
Maaka Amblard Director of General Services
Prince Bull Internal Auditor
Solomon Jaykpeh Internal Auditor
Thedortia Jleh Junior Internal Auditor
Odafa Deshield Rural Banking Coordinator
Ophelia Nyenpan Banker
Zinnah Davidson Banker
Barquolleh Gabriel Banker
Kollie Ballah Driver
Andrew Pabai Driver
Edwina Edeli Vault Head
Willaim Doegbeh Vault Officer for Combination B
Stephen Nyema Vault Officer for Combination A
David Wilson Aries Security Supervisor
Lawrence Sirleaf Brooker

 

Featured photo by Jefferson Krua

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2018, he was also recognized as the Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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