The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has been directed by an Accra High Court to refund Cecilia Dapaah’s confiscated funds within the allotted seven-day period.
After the OSP seized her assets, the former Minister of Sanitation found herself embroiled in a judicial battle. The court has since overturned this decision and ordered the OSP to give the woman’s possession of the money that was seized back right away.
After it was discovered that Madam Dapaah had over $1 million in her hands at her home, the OSP opened an inquiry into claims that she had committed acts of corruption and other connected charges.
When it was revealed that during a thorough search of her property, a sizeable sum of $590,000 in cash and an amazing amount of GHC2.730,000 had been found, the investigation gathered steam.
The OSP swiftly responded to the found monies by seizing these substantial sums of cash as crucial proof to back up their ongoing inquiry. In order to stop further investigations, they decided to freeze the accounts connected to the former minister’s cedi and dollar assets.
Background information for this problem first became public on July 21, when it was revealed that two of the former Minister’s domestic helpers were accused of stealing a substantial sum from her home in October 2022, including $1 million, $300,000, and millions of Ghanaian cedis.
Investigations uncovered the significant financial sums in question after these allegations sparked public concern.
The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, resigned in the wake of the discoveries. She proclaimed her innocence and expressed certainty that any inquiry would support her moral character. However, shortly after, she was taken into custody.
Her official and private properties were searched by the Office of the Special Prosecutor, which resulted in her being taken into custody for “suspected corruption and corruption-related offenses regarding large amounts of money and other valuable items reportedly stolen from her residence.” After that, she was granted bail and released.
The chain of events that occurred after the break-in at her private residence included not just the two domestic helpers but also other people who were suspected of taking part in an ostentatious spending binge with the stolen money. Anti-corruption campaigners were disappointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo’s reaction, which expressed confidence in her honesty but also seemed to predict the conclusion of the probe.