The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has decided to withdraw all legal actions against Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources. The withdrawn cases include an application for a confirmation order to continue freezing the assets of the ex-minister and a criminal case accusing her of not declaring her assets as required by law.
On Thursday morning (January 25, 2024), Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng appeared at the Financial and Economic Crimes Division of the Accra High Court to formally withdraw the cases. Consequently, Justice Nana Brew, presiding over the court, instructed the OSP to release all seized assets from Cecilia Abena Dapaah within 72 hours.
During the court proceedings, Agyebeng requested to address the court in chambers, but Justice Brew preferred an open court hearing due to the urgency of the matter. Eventually, Agyebeng and the lawyers joined the judge in chambers.
The OSP and the former minister’s legal representatives had been in a legal battle since July 2023 when the anti-graft agency initiated investigations into Cecilia Abena Dapaah for alleged corruption and corruption-related offenses. The investigations followed accusations that she kept over $1 million in her residence. Subsequently, two housekeepers working for Dapaah and her husband were arraigned in an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing money and items worth millions of Ghana cedis from the couple’s residence in Abelemkpe, Accra.