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Checkout the huge cash found after OSP searched Cecilia Dapaah’s homes

The case involving the former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah, has taken another dramatic turn.

Just days after the public revelation of stolen money by her house helps. The Office of the Special Prosecutor searched the minister’s residences. In light of the substantial amounts that have been reported missing.

Three properties belonging to Cecilia, located in Cantonments, Abelemkpe, and Tesano, were subjected to a search.

Fresh details from the Office of the Special Prosecutor reveal that a cash amount of US$590,000 was discovered. This was during the search at the Abelemkpe home.

At the same residence, a sum of GHC2,730,000 in cash was found.

Officials from the Office of the Special Prosecutor subsequently seized these cash sums to aid ongoing investigations.

Details of the amounts found in some of her accounts were also included in the documents intercepted by JoyNews.

These are accounts at the Prudential Bank and Societe Generale Ghana.

The OSP has revealed that it found $5 million, ¢48 million found in Cecelia Dapaah’s Prudential Bank accounts.

Also, it found ¢1 million cedis in investments and ¢700,00 in cash in her Societe General account.

Meanwhile, an Accra High Court has set Thursday, August 17, to rule on the confirmation or otherwise of the freezing of these bank accounts.

Cecilia Dapaah


Two househelps working for Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour are facing charges for allegedly stealing monies and items worth millions of cedis from the couple’s residence at Abelemkpe in Accra.

The accused individuals, 18-year-old Patience Botwe and 30-year-old Sarah Agyei. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and five counts of stealing.

The alleged thefts occurred between July and October 2022.

During this period, the house helps allegedly stole personal effects belonging to Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah. Including assorted clothes valued at GH¢95,000, handbags, perfumes, and jewellery worth US$95,000.

Additionally, 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.

Furthermore, three other individuals, identified as Ms Botwe’s current and former boyfriends and her father. They are also facing charges for allegedly being involved in the crime. They have been respectively charged with dishonestly receiving GH¢1 million, GH¢180,000, and GH¢50,000.

According to court proceedings, the stolen monies and items belonged to Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her husband, taken from their bedroom in their residence.

The accused individuals were arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court, presided over by Susana Ekuful, on Thursday, July 20, 2023. However, their pleas have not been taken yet.

The court granted bail to Sarah Agyei in the sum of GH¢1 million with two sureties. The sureties are required to deposit their Ghana cards with the court’s registrar. The bail conditions are subject to review by the substantive judge, as Susana Ekuful was serving as a relief judge.

On the other hand, Ms Botwe, along with her alleged boyfriends and father, have been remanded into lawful custody.

The complainants reported the theft case to the police in June 2023 after discovering the missing cash and personal effects.

Ms Botwe was caught red-handed entering the couple’s room with a duplicate key, leading to her arrest.

Further investigations revealed that Patience, with the help of her alleged accomplice Sarah, had hidden the stolen money and used it to purchase properties and expensive items.

This information got Ghanaians talking with many asking CHRAJ, the OSP and the Ghana Police Service to investigate the source of the money.

Subsequently, the Special Prosecutor announced that his office was investigating the matter, starting with the arrest of Madam Cecilia Dapaah.

Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed the Minister of State at the Presidency and Member of Parliament for Tano North, Freda Prempeh, to take over as Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources since the resignation of Madam Cecilia from office.

More arrests, more houses

During the trial of the suspects in the theft case, the Ghana Police Service said three more persons have been arrested in addition to the four people standing trial in the theft case involving former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah.

This follows the amendment of the previous charge sheet based on the advice of the Attorney General.

The accused list now comprised Patience Botwe, 18, hairdresser; Sarah Agyei, 30, unemployed, Benjamin Sowah, 29, plumber, Malik Dauda, 34, unemployed, Christiana Achab, a trader, Job Pomary, a mechanic, and Yahaya Sumaila, an excavator operator.

They have, together, been slapped with 14 counts comprising of conspiracy, five counts of stealing and 8 counts of dishonestly receiving.

According to the facts of the case against the three new suspects, Christiana Achab, who is a trader and Job Pomary, a mechanic, they are said to have received an amount of Three Hundred Thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢300,000.00) from Patience Botwe. The house help of Cecilia Dapaah in 2023.

In that same year, Christiana Achab is said to have dishonestly received another amount of Eight Hundred Thousand Ghana cedis from Patience.

She is also said to have received a further Three Hundred Thousand Ghana cedis. This was different from a previous Three Hundred Thousand cedis, Christian and Franklin (who is at large) received in 2022.

For Yahaya Sumaila, an excavator operator, he is said to have received Eight Hundred thousand Ghana cedis together with Christiana in 2023.

The police revealed that Christiana Achab received over GH¢2 million of the stolen money. And purchased an eleven-unit chamber and hall self-contain house at Budumburam at the cost of GH¢800,000 for herself.

She is also alleged to have purchased a three-bedroom house at Aplaku. At the cost of GH¢300,000 for Patience Botwe.

Also, Christiana Achab and Job Pomary allegedly purchased a four-bedroom house at Kokrobite. Also at the cost of GH¢280,000 for Christiana.

Christiana Achab is further accused of contacting Yahaya Sumaila, and purchased a three-bedroom self-contain house at Amrahia at the cost of GH¢850,0000 in the name of Yahaya Sumaila.

In addition to the houses, she also purchased two Honda Acura vehicles at the cost of GH¢300,000 each. Then, registered in the name of Franklin Sarakpo, and Patience Botwe.

The Prosecution led by DSP Emmanuel Nyamekye prayed for the accused persons to be remanded for further investigations to be pursued.

The Prosecution indicated to the court that, the Attorney General’s office will take over the case docket. After full investigations are concluded.

Subsequently, the Circuit Court in Accra remanded five out of the seven accused persons.

The court also granted bail to two lactating mothers to the tune of GH¢1 million each with three sureties to be justified.

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