Homes belonging to Cecilia Dapaah are searched by the OSP for’stolen’ money
On Monday, July 24, agents from the Office of the Special Prosecutor broke into the residences of Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the disgraced former minister of sanitation and water resources.
The lawsuit stems from the US$1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghanaian cedis that her house helpers are accused of stealing between July and October 2022 from her home.
She was detained for many hours earlier in the day after being chosen for questioning for alleged corruption.
A second search is being conducted at one of her Ablekuma residences, despite the fact that the theft is believed to have occurred in her Abelemkpe residence in Accra.
The OSP in a statement said, “At 11:55 GMT on 24 July 2023, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, who resigned from the position of Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources on 22 July 2023, was placed under arrest by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in respect of suspected corruption and corruption-related offences regarding large amounts of money and other valuable items reportedly stolen from her residence.”
“Ms. Dapaah is being questioned by authorised Officers of the OSP.”
Media reports emerged on Friday of two housemaids who worked for the Sanitation Minister and her husband at their home, facing trial with others for the theft of huge sums of money and other items from the home.
According to the charge sheet, the pair, 18-year-old Patience Botwe and 30-year-old Sarah Agyei have allegedly stolen US$1 million, €300,000 and millions of Ghana cedis between July and October 2022.
Clothes, handbags, perfumes, jewellery, kente cloth and suits belonging to Mrs. Dapaah’s husband said to be worth thousands of dollars, are alleged to have been taken.
Following the publications, Cecilia Dapaah has become the subject of critical opprobrium.
Surprisingly, she has questioned the amounts alleged to have been stolen, saying there are “noticeable inconsistencies” in the discussions of what she reported to the police.
Due to the controversy surrounding the “stolen” cash, Madam Cecilia Dapaah resigned from her position as Sanitation Minister on Saturday, July 2022.