The husband of former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah, Daniel Osei Kuffour, has been placed under arrest for ongoing investigations into alleged corruption and corruption-related offenses.
This development comes after the discovery of significant amounts of money allegedly stolen from their home. The Office of the Special Prosecutor has moved to freeze the bank accounts of Cecilia Dapaah and seize around $590,000 and GHC 2,730,000 found at her house in Abelemkpe.
During court proceedings, the judge raised concerns about why Cecilia Dapaah was the only person being investigated when the alleged tainted money was found in her matrimonial home. The Director of Prosecutions at the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Dr. Isidore Tufour, responded that Cecilia Dapaah’s husband has also been placed under arrest in connection with the investigation.
Cecilia Dapaah’s lawyers opposed the application for the confirmation of the freeze and seizure order, arguing that the application was brought in contravention of the procedure outlined in the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act. They contended that the law mandates the office to bring the application for confirmation within seven days after the seizure, and the instant application was filed after that time had elapsed.
The Special Prosecutor’s office is seeking to freeze Cecilia Dapaah’s bank accounts at Prudential Bank and Societe Generale. The lawyers of the anti-corruption agency argued that there is no requirement for them to show grounds for suspicion that the accounts are tainted.
However, Cecilia Dapaah’s lawyers argued that the mere fact that their client is being investigated for corruption is not sufficient grounds for her accounts to be frozen.
The judge adjourned the case to August 31 to deliver his ruling on the matter.