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“Hiding Spots for Cash in Cecilia Dapaah’s Home: Wraps, Polythene Bags, 32 Envelopes, and More”

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has unveiled the hiding places where they uncovered concealed money in the residences of former sanitation minister, Cecilia Dapaah, during a search operation.

As outlined in the latest court documents submitted by the OSP, the search was initiated at Cecilia Dapaah’s Abelemkpe residence in response to reports of significant sums of money being stolen by her house helpers. This search, conducted on July 24, 2023, led to the discovery of cash totaling $590,000 and ¢2,862,007.

Subsequent searches were carried out at two other properties owned by the dismissed Minister, situated in Cantonments and Tesano, both in Accra. The OSP detailed how the discovered money had been concealed, including wraps, polythene bags, clothing items, and 32 envelopes. These funds were hidden in various obscure locations within the residences, with some even labeled and described.

This development is part of the OSP’s ongoing efforts to validate the seizure of suspected unlawfully obtained properties belonging to Madam Dapaah and the freezing of her bank accounts. Earlier, the OSP had seized millions in cash from the former minister and ordered the freezing of specific bank accounts with transactions totaling over ¢40 million. However, an Accra High Court initially declined to confirm these seizures and freezing orders, instructing the OSP to return the seized amounts to Cecilia Dapaah. Nevertheless, the Special Prosecutor has returned to court to seek confirmation of the seizures.

Documents presented in court by the Office of the Special Prosecutor suggest that the former minister allegedly possesses millions of cedis for which she could not provide a valid source. Furthermore, new allegations have emerged that an account belonging to the deceased brother of the former Minister continues to transfer funds to Cecilia Dapaah’s accounts.

Background:

Two house helps employed by Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour, are currently facing charges at an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing substantial sums of money and items from the couple’s Abelemkpe residence in Accra.

The accused individuals, 18-year-old Patience Botwe and 30-year-old Sarah Agyei, are charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and face five counts of theft.

These alleged thefts transpired between July and October 2022, during which the house helps reportedly pilfered personal belongings belonging to Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah. These items include a collection of clothing valued at GH¢95,000, handbags, perfumes, and jewellery worth $95,000.

In addition to these thefts, Ms. Botwe is accused of stealing six pieces of Kente cloth worth GH¢90,000 and six sets of men’s suits valued at US$3,000, which belong to the Minister’s husband.

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