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Agyeman-Duah: OSP must probe Cecilia Dapaah’s case

Kissi Agyebeng, the Special Prosecutor/OSP

Kissi Agyebeng, the Special Prosecutor

A former UN senior governance advisor, Professor Baffour Agyeman-Duah, has called on the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to probe the theft case at the residence of former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah.

Dapaah resigned over the weekend following reportage that millions of cedis was stolen by two of her domestic workers at her Abelemkpe residence.

The two principal accused, 18-year-old Patience Botwe and 30-year-old Sarah Agyei, are 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 househelps allegedly stole personal effects belonging to Ms Dapaah, including assorted clothes valued at GHC95,000 and handbags, perfumes and jewellery worth US$95,000.

Additionally, Botwe is accused of stealing six sets of kente cloth worth GHC90,000 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, are also facing charges for allegedly being involved in the crime. They are respectively charged with dishonestly receiving GHC1 million, GHC180,000 and GHC50,000.

Appearing on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (24 July), Agyeman-Duah said: “Frankly, when the news broke, my expectation was that the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) will promptly react to it and claim ownership in terms of investigating this case.”

“This is an issue coming from a very high-ranking public official and also, we know that the OSP has expressed interest in such behaviour by public officials.

“So, for me, if the OSP had been proactive in claiming this case for that office, that would have solved a lot of concerns and doubt and suspicions about the case, at this point, people had speculated too much…” he added.

Listen to Prof Baffour Agyeman-Duah in the attached audio clip below:



Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra


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