Former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, who was arrested by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), was subsequently granted bail with surety late Monday evening at approximately 10:20 p.m.
She was released after spending hours in the custody of the OSP, who had earlier searched her official residence in Cantonments as well as her private residence in Abelemekpe. The searches were in connection with the suspected million-dollar cash heist by housekeepers, which resulted in her resignation on Saturday.
Mrs. Dapaah was taken to her official residence in Cantonments earlier on Monday, where OSP officials conducted a thorough search. Following that, Agents of the Special Prosecutor searched her Abelemekpe residence.
At this time, no information about the arrest or searches has been released. According to sources, the OSP is expected to notify the Ghanaian public on the arrest and the outcome of the search activities on Tuesday.
While the precise nature of what was uncovered during the searches is unknown, the OSP may have discovered “something significant.”
According to sources, additional of Mrs. Dapaah’s relatives will be questioned as part of the ongoing inquiry.
She has also been served with declaration of income and property documents, reflecting the gravity of the charges against her.
Given her prior role as Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs. Dapaah’s detention and ensuing search operations have definitely attracted the nation’s attention. Ghanaians are concerned and have questions about the situation, and they are eagerly expecting the OSP’s formal statement on the developments.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor, which was established to combat corruption and associated offenses, has always emphasized on adhering to the values of transparency and accountability.