Hundreds have joined protests in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, in anger at the disappearance of more than $100 million worth (£76m) of newly printed bank notes intended for the central bank.

That sum, which vanished from the country’s main port and airport when the notes were imported for distribution, accounts for 5 percent of the country’s GDP, according to the Financial Times.

Liberia’s government has banned 15 people, including the son of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, from leaving the country while it investigates what happened.

The government has asked the IMF and the FBI to assist with the investigation.

However, in a statement President George Weah said the role of the international partners will be to advise the government on transparency.

Citizens say this does not go far enough, and are instead calling for the those organisations to be directly involved in the probe.

Protesters have gathered outside the US embassy hoping to get their message heard.