Cecilia Dapaah case must be handled by the Police and EOCO – Kpebu

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Private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu, has opined that cases involving former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah , be handled over to the Police and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) simultaneously.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has said its investigations so far have indicated that the case borders on money laundering, which is outside its mandate.

“The case must now go to the Police and EOCO, they will have to work on it together,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 on Saturday, January 20.

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The OPS had said it would, in due course, issue directives regarding the way forward on the Cecilia Dapaah case.

“The investigation shows that the case is largely in the province of suspected money laundering and structuring. By operation of law, there are other law enforcement agencies which are reposed with a direct mandate in respect of money laundering and structuring. On that score, the Special Prosecutor will issue directives and further action on the matter in due course,” portions of the second half-year report of the OSP dated December 29, 2023 read.

It would be recalled that in July 2023, the Office commenced investigation in respect of suspected corruption and corruption-related offences regarding large amounts of money (mainly in foreign denominations) and other valuable items involving Ms. Cecilia Dapaah, immediate former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources and her spouse, Mr. Daniel Osei-Kufour.

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Cecilia Dapaah case details

The investigation was largely aimed at determining the source(s) of the large cash sums. The Office took several steps including freezing Ms. Dapaah’s bank accounts and investments and seizing large sums from the residence of Ms. Dapaah and her spouse.

Upon the refusal by the High Court to confirm the freezing and seizure orders, the Office re-seized the cash sums and re-froze the bank accounts and investments and applied to the court again for confirmation in FT0074/2023 The Special Prosecutor v. Cecilia Abena Dapaah & Daniel Osei-Kufour.

From October 2023, the investigation became cross-border and transboundary upon the claim by the persons of interest that part of the seized cash sums was transported into the jurisdiction from the United States.

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For that reason, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States became involved in a collaborative investigative work with the OSP on the matter. In October 2023, the Special Prosecutor revoked the freezing order in respect of five (5) bank accounts of Ms. Dapaah, which were eliminated from the focus of the investigation as no longer suspected to be tainted property.

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