5 Persons Busted & Arraigned Before Court For Stealing Cash From Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah’s Home.

Five individuals have been arrested with various offences for allegedly looting  Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah’s millions of Dollars and Euros in her residence.

The charges comprise “conspiracy to commit a crime to wit: stealing: contrary to sections 23(1) and 124(1) of the criminal offences act of 1960, Act 29.”

Madam Cecilia Dapaah is told to have kept $1 million, €300,000 and millions of undisclosed Ghana Cedis at her Abelemkpe home, a suburb of Accra.

These monies were allegedly stolen by two house helps, for which they are standing trial at an Accra Circuit Court

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  • Background

Two house helps who work for Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, and her spouse, Mr Daniel Osei Kuffour are among other 3 individuals facing charges at an Accra Circuit Court, for allegedly stealing monies and items worth millions of cedis from the couple’s residence at Abelemkpe in Accra.

The indicted individuals, 18-year-old Patience Botwe and 30-year-old Sarah Agyei have been charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and five counts of stealing.

The alleged stealing incidents occurred between July and October 2022.

During this duration, the house helps allegedly stole personal effects belonging to Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, including assorted clothes valued at GH¢95,000, handbags, perfumes, and jewellery worth US$95,000.

Also, Ms Botwe is accused of stealing six pieces of Kente cloth worth GH¢90,000 and six sets of men’s suits valued at US$3,000, which belong to the minister’s hubby.

Again, three other persons, identified as Ms Botwe’s current and one-time boyfriends and her father, are also facing charges for allegedly being involved in the crime. They have been respectively charged with dishonestly receiving GH¢1 million, GH¢180,000, and GH¢50,000.

Carefully perusing court proceedings, the stolen cash and items belonged to Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah and her spouse, taken from their bedroom in their home.

The accused persons were arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court, overseen by Susana Ekuful, on Thursday, July 20, 2023. However, their pleas have not been taken yet.

The court granted bail to Sarah Agyei in the sum of GH¢1 million with two sureties. The sureties are instructed to deposit their Ghana cards with the court’s registrar. The bail conditions are subject to review by the substantive judge, as Susana Ekuful was serving as a relief judge.

On the other hand, Ms Botwe, along with her alleged boyfriends and father, have been remanded into legal custody.

The plaintiffs reported the theft case to the police in June 2023 after finding out about the missing money and personal effects. Ms Botwe was caught red-handed entering the couple’s room with a duplicate key, leading to her detention.

Additional probes disclosed that Patience, with the assistance of her alleged accomplice Sarah, had hidden the stolen cash and used it to buy properties and pricey belongings.

Meanwhile, the case is recessed to August 2, 2023, as the court resumes its proceedings to determine the future of the accused persons.

© 2023 • Story By Edem Latsu Nukafu


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