OSP Freezes Cecilia Dapaah’s Account Again After Unfreezing It Through A Court Order2 min read
The Office of the Special Prosecutor has disclosed that the accounts of former Water Resources and Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah have been seized.
According to the OSP, this action was taken shortly after the accounts were released due to an order by an Accra High Court.
In a statement, the OSP said it had complied with the order, It said investigations were still ongoing and believes the money in question is tainted hence the decision to take custody of the amount.
“Consequently, after the indicated ruling and order of the High Court and the compliance by the OSP with said ruling and order, the Special Prosecutor considers that freezing the bank accounts and investments of Ms. Dapaah is necessary to facilitate the ongoing investigation. Therefore, the Special Prosecutor has invoked his statutory power under section 38(1) of Act 959 and regulation 19(1) of L.I. 2374 by directing the freezing of the bank accounts and investments of Ms. Dapaah effective 5 September 2023.”
“Further, after the indicated ruling and order of the High Court and the compliance by the OSP with said ruling and order, the Special Prosecutor considers that he has reasonable grounds to suspect that the cash amounts seized from and returned to Ms. Dapaah is tainted property and it is necessary to exercise the power of seizure to prevent the concealment or loss of said cash amounts. Therefore, the Special Prosecutor has again invoked his statutory power under section 32(1)(a) of Act 959 by directing the seizure from Ms. Dapaah of the cash amounts previously seized from her. Authorized officers of the OSP have tried said cash amounts from Ms. Dapaah,” it said in its statement.
The OSP is investigating Madam Dapaah for corruption and corruption-related offenses following the revelation that she was keeping more than $1 million in her house.
In the wake of the startling revelation of stolen funds by her domestic staff, the Office of the Special Prosecutor embarked on a comprehensive search of the minister’s residences, prompted by the staggering amounts that were reported stolen.