New court documents from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) have brought to light that a bank account associated with the deceased brother of Cecilia Dapaah has been actively transferring funds to the former Sanitation Minister.
This development marks the latest effort by the OSP to confirm the seizure of suspected illicit assets linked to Madam Dapaah.
In a recent incident, the OSP seized a substantial amount of cash from the former Minister and imposed a freeze on certain bank accounts with transactions totaling over GH¢40 million.
An Accra High Court initially declined to confirm the seizures and freezing order, instructing the OSP to return the funds to Cecilia Dapaah, which the Special Prosecutor duly complied with. However, the OSP has returned to court, seeking confirmation of the seizure.
Exclusive documents obtained by media and subsequently submitted to the court by the Office of the Special Prosecutor indicate that the former Minister allegedly possesses millions of cedis for which she has been unable to substantiate the source.
Additionally, these filings contain fresh allegations that an account linked to the deceased brother of the former Minister continues to transfer funds to Cecilia Dapaah’s accounts.
“Analysis of the statements in the first respondent’s (Cecilia Dapaah) bank account revealed highly suspicious transactions involving the name of the first respondent’s deceased brother – Nana Akwasi Essan.
“The said Nana Akwasi Essan died in January 2022 and there is no record domiciled at the financial institutions of probate or letters of administration granted to personal representatives).
“Strangely, there are active transfers from the deceased person’s bank account to that of the first respondent’s account”, the filing alleges.
The OSP continue to allege that “as recently as September 19, 2022, and May 23, amounts of GH¢10,450 and GH¢11,280 respectively were transferred, supposedly by the deceased brother to the first respondent (Cecilia Dapaah).”
Meanwhile, the High Court is scheduled to review the case on October 18, 2023, as the Special Prosecutor makes another endeavor to secure confirmation for the seized funds and the freezing of the bank accounts.