A political analyst Mr. Alex Emmanuel Nti has praised Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyabeng for freezing the dollar account of the former minister of water and sanitation Cecilia Dapaah.
Speaking to Ohene Kinnah on Plan B FM’s late afternoon show, Mr. Nti believes that the Office of the Special Prosecutor is on the right direction in combating corruption which is bringing hope to Ghanaians but he must get to the bottom of the issue and retrieve the truth of the matter if indeed the money was stolen.
“If the former minister is found culpable of the allegations, the Office of the Special Prosecutor must prosecute her but if she is innocent she can also sue the country for damages for defamation”
The information available confirms that the embattled former minister of sanitation and water resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah’s assets and bank accounts containing millions of dollars and cedis have been frozen by the office of the Special Prosecutor.
Documents sighted from a reliable source at the court also confirmed that the Office of the Special Prosecutor has commenced processes to have this administrative freeze confirmed and endorsed by the courts.
The powers of the OSP permit it to administratively freeze the accounts of a person of interest but beyond that, it will need the confirmation of the court to keep the account(s) frozen for a longer period.
The case to confirm the freezing of the accounts and assets is expected to be heard next week.
Meanwhile, sources say millions of US dollars and millions of Ghana cedis were identified to be lodged in several bank accounts of the former minister while some monies were also retrieved in her various homes following a visit and search by the OSP.
Documents we have seen from our sources at the court show the OSP filing a motion of seizure of monies it retrieved from the search at her various residences.
The embattled former minister has been in the spotlight following an alleged theft that occurred in her Abelemkpe residence in Accra.
Her house helps are accused of having stolen monies over one million dollars and other valuables belonging to her and her husband at home.
The OSP’s investigation into the former minister’s affairs is separate and different from the investigations by the police and the office of the Attorney General.
The OSP is investigating the minister for corruption and corruption-related offenses while the AG and police are prosecuting persons alleged to have stolen monies belonging to or owned by the former minister.