The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has lodged a motion with the High Court, dated September 11, to seek confirmation of the seizure and freezing orders placed on the financial assets of former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah.
A hearing for this matter has been scheduled for October 18, 2023.
Earlier, the OSP had frozen both cedi and dollar bank accounts belonging to the former minister on August 9.
However, on August 31, the High Court in Accra overturned this decision, ordering that the seized funds be returned to Ms. Cecilia Dapaah within seven days.
Furthermore, the court directed the OSP to unfreeze her accounts.
Subsequently, the OSP exercised its legal powers to reclaim custody of the money, following the High Court's directive to return the seized funds.
Former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah gained widespread attention in July 2023 when the Chronicle Newspaper reported that her domestic staff were facing court charges for allegedly stealing substantial amounts, including $1 million, 300,000 euros, and millions of Cedis, along with personal belongings belonging to her and her husband, valued at thousands of Ghana cedis and dollars.
Consequently, Cecilia Dapaah resigned from her ministerial position amidst public outrage and was subsequently arrested by the OSP before being granted bail.
On Monday, July 24, 2023, officials from the Office of the Special Prosecutor conducted a search at the residence of the former Sanitation Minister. During this search, they discovered US$590,000 and GHC2.7 million in cash at her apartment. The OSP promptly took action, seizing these substantial cash amounts as crucial evidence to support their ongoing investigation.
Additionally, seven bank accounts of Cecilia Dapaah were frozen by the OSP