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Breaking: Cecilia Dapaah is detained

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Cecilia Abana Dapaah, the previous minister of sanitation and water resources, was arrested on July 24 by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

Officers from the OSP are questioning her, according to a statement.

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“Cecilia Abena Dapaah, who resigned from her position as minister of sanitation and water resources on July 22, 2023, was placed under arrest at 11:55 GMT on July 24, 2023, by the Office of the Special Prosecutor in connection with suspected corruption and corruption-related offences involving sizable sums of money and valuable items purportedly taken from her home. Official OSP officials are questioning Ms. Dapaah, according to the statement from the OSP.

On Saturday, July 22, less than 24 hours after learning that some foreign currency had been taken from her bedroom, Madam Cecilia Dapaah submitted her letter of resignation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

She promised in her letter, “I want to collaborate completely with all the governmental agencies to allow them fully determine the truth.

She said, “I have no faith that at the conclusion of the proceedings it will be proved that I have behaved myself with integrity during my time in public service and that I will be completely exonerated from all the claims.

According to reports, Madam Cecilia Dapaah kept $1 million, €300,000, and untold amounts of Ghanaian cedis at home.

Two home helpers are currently being tried in an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing these funds.

She had already stated that the facts and the public reports did not match.

She argued in her letter of resignation that the numbers in the public domain do not accurately represent the information she and her husband provided in their statement to the police.

But the former politician acknowledges that she is aware of the significance of such rumours surrounding a person of her standing.

“Therefore, I am resigning because I do not want such a matter to become a source of concern for government and a barrier to its work at such a crucial time,” the resignation letter reads.

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