On Monday, July 24, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) issued a warrant for the arrest of Cecilia Abana Dapaah, who served as Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources in the most recent government.
According to the statement, she is bein interrogated by OSP.
“At 11:55 GMT on the 24th of July 2023, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, who had resigned from the position of Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources on the 22nd of July 2023, was placed under arrest by the Office of the Special Prosecutor in respect of suspected corruption and corruption-related offences regarding large amounts of money and valuable items that reportedly were stolen from her residence. “At this time, authorized officers of the OSP are conducting interrogtion with Ms. Dapaah,” On Saturday, July 22, less than 24 hours after it was reported that some foreign cash had been stolen from her bedroom, Madam Cecilia Dapaah submitted her resignation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a letter. Her resignation was effective immediately.
She informed the state authorities in her letter that “I intend to cooperate fully with all of the state agencies in order to enable them to fully establish the facts.”
OSP arrests Cecilia Dapaah
“I have no doubt that at the end of the processes, it will be established that I have conducted myself with integrity during my period of time in public service, and I will be fully exonerated from any and all of the allegations,” she continued to say.
It was rumoured that Madam Cecilia Dapaah had stashed away millions of Ghana cedis in addition to one million dollars and three hundred thousand euros in her residence.
Two housemaids are currently on trial in an Accra circuit court for the theft of the aforementioned funds, which they are said to have taken.
She had mentioned earlier that there were discrepancies between the facts and the reports that were made available to the public.
As a result, she argued in her resignation letter that the numbers that have been made available to the public do not accurately reflect what she and her husband provided to the police in their testimony.
However, the former politician acknowledges that she is aware of the significance of such rumours when they surround someone of her standing.
“As a result, I have decided to step down from my position in the government because I do not want such a matter to become a preoccupation of the government and a barrier to the work that the government is doing at such an important time,” she said.