The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, has disclosed that the decision by his office to investigate the source of the missing huge sums of money belonging to former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah was a result of the case brought against her domestic staff by the Attorney General.
Mr. Agyebeng clarified that while the Attorney General, on behalf of the government, was investigating and prosecuting her house helps for the missing money, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) also came in to probe the source of the over $1 million and other valuables stolen from the former minister’s Abelemkpe residence.
Speaking on The Point of View on Citi TV on Monday, January 8, Agyebeng indicated that the OSP approached the Attorney General and collaborated to find the truth on the matter.
“From the OSP’s perspective, we are looking at what is the source of this money, and where is the money coming from. That this huge sum of money is sitting in a public officer’s house.”
“On this matter, we approached the Attorney General and said we were interested in what was going on at the other end, and that we were following up on it. Incidentally, it was actually the court processes filed by the Attorney General in respect of the theft case that propelled the investigation. We became interested when we saw those court processes.”
He also said the work of the Attorney General actually enhances the OSP’s investigations rather than hampers it.
“It [the Attorney General’s case] doesn’t hamper our work; it rather enhances our work because if you are tracing whether someone actually stole this amount of money and the other end is investigating the source of the money, we are all going toward a comprehensive solution to the matter.”
It emerged in July 2023 that two house helps of Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour, were dragged before an Accra Circuit Court, for allegedly stealing monies and items running into millions of Ghana Cedis.
Cecilia Dapaah was forced to resign a day after the story broke, and her residence was searched by officials from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).