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Reason why Court ordered OSP to return Cecilia Dapaah’s seized money to her within 72 hours

The two cases that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) was pursuing against Cecilia Dapaah, the former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, before an Accra High Court, have been abandoned.

After an initial application was denied by the court for not following the regulations, the Office had submitted a duplicate application to affirm the seizure of $590,000 and GH?2.73 million seized in her residence and the freezing of her seven bank accounts.

The OSP had also charged Madam Dapaah for failing to declare her assets and the case was before the same court.

However, the OSP decided to abandon the two cases against the former Minister this morning, January 25, 2024, following a meeting in chambers with the judge and defence attorneys.

The source told Dailyguidenetwork that the OSP has been given 72 hours by the court to defreeze the accounts and restore the confiscated monies to Madam Dapaah and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffuor. The reasons behind the judgement are unclear.

The OSP arrested Madam Dapaah on July 24, 2023, on suspicion of corruption and corruption-related offences after she and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffuor reported huge sums of money was stolen from their home by their two house maids.

The two maids, Patience Botwe and Sara Agyei as well as fine (5) other accomplices are currently standing trial before an Accra Circuit Court for stealing $1 million and several millions of Ghana Cedis from the home of the former Minister.

She resigned from her position as a Minister of state on July 22, 2023, after several calls by the general public on her to step down after a revelation of the huge sums of monies – both in Ghana Cedis and other foreign currencies were reportedly stolen from her matrimonial home.

The Office has filed a repeat application for confirmation of seizure of $590,000 and GH?2.73 million found in her home and the freezing of her seven bank accounts after an earlier one was dismissed by an Accra High Court for not complying with the rules.

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