Following a case of stealing reported to Police by Mr. Daniel Osei-Kuffour and Hon. Cecilia Dapaah, former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, the Police initiated investigations into the case, arrested some suspects, recovered some of the stolen items and arraigned the suspects before court.

Police have since forwarded the docket to the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice for review and advice.

This comes after the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) on Monday, July 24, 2023, arrested former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah.

She was picked up at 11:55 on Monday, July 24, 2023, in respect of suspected corruption and corruption related offences regarding large amounts of money and other valuable items reportedly stolen from her residence.

A statement issued by the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng said “Ms Dapaah is being questioned by authorized officers of the OSP.”

Ms Cecilia Dapaah on Saturday, l resigned from office over ongoing publications that she owns one million dollars and three hundred thousand euros and millions of cedis among other expensive items which have been stolen from her house by her house help.


Two house helps, 18-year-old Patience Botwe and 30-year-old Sarah Agyei, are currently facing charges in an Accra Circuit Court for their alleged involvement in the theft of huge amount of money owned by Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour.

The Chronicle Newspaper reports that the theft, which involves millions of Ghana Cedis, reportedly occurred at the couple’s residence in Abelemkpe, a suburb of Accra, between July and October 2022.

Patience and Sarah, the accused, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and multiple counts of theft, involving amounts of US$1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghana Cedis.

During the same period, the pair allegedly stole personal items from Cecilia Abena Dapaah, including various clothes valued at GH¢95,000, handbags, perfumes, and jewelry valued at US$95,000.

Further accusations involve Patience acting alone to steal six pieces of Kente cloth worth GH¢90,000 and six sets of men’s suits valued at US$3,000, which belonged to the minister’s husband.

The court has also charged three additional individuals in connection with the thefts. Benjamin, a 29-year-old plumber, is accused of dishonestly receiving GH¢180,000, while Kweku Botwe, a 65-year-old trader, faces charges for dishonestly receiving GH¢50,000. Additionally, Malik Dauda, a 23-year-old unemployed individual, is alleged to have dishonestly received GH¢1 million.

All five accused individuals appeared before an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Judge Susana Ekuful on Thursday, July 20, 2023. However, their pleas have not yet been taken.

Of the accused, Sarah has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢1 million, with two sureties required to deposit their Ghana cards with the court’s registrar. It was clarified that the bail conditions are subject to review by the substantive judge, as Judge Susana Ekuful was serving as a relief judge at the time.

Judge Susana Ekuful revealed in her briefing that Patience, along with her alleged boyfriends and father, has been remanded into lawful custody. However, Sarah was granted bail due to being a breastfeeding mother.

According to the prosecution, Patience, also known as Maabena, previously worked as a house assistant for the complainants, Daniel Osei Kuffour and his wife, Cecilia Abena Dapaah. Sarah, too, was a former house assistant for the couple.

The alleged thefts came to light in June of this year when the complainants reported the incidents to the police after discovering missing cash and personal belongings.

Patience was caught in the act, having opened and entered the couple’s room using a duplicate key. Mr. Kuffour apprehended her upon his return home, as he noticed the room was unlocked and heard unusual noises from inside.

Further investigations revealed the stolen items and money in the possession of Patience and her associates.

The accused allegedly used the stolen funds to finance various properties and purchases, including renting a 3-bedroom apartment and a store in Tamale, buying vehicles, and funding personal expenses.

The court has adjourned the case to August 2, 2023, while investigations continue.