The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has disclosed that former Minister of Sanitation Cecilia Abena Dapaah was engaged in an “undisclosed” and “undeclared” real estate business while serving as a minister of state.
In this business, according to the OSP, Madam Abena Dapaah obscured and concealed transactions by employing the use of aliases to avoid detection while “cleverly receiving the proceeds of the transactions in her bank accounts and investments”.
This was contained in OSP’s fact sheet in the application for a freezing order of the former Sanitation Minister.
“In an instance, the first respondent sold a SSNIT Borteyman Estates Flat No. BT/OD/BLK2/2BR/1 under the name of Nana Yaa Ode,” the OSP captured in its fact sheet.
“Indeed, the first respondent appended her signature on all relevant correspondence with the buyer under the name of Nana Yaa Ode.
“Concerning the payment, first respondent, through her agent, gave the buyer her Prudential Bank Account Number 0090924640014.
“It was only at the point of payment at the bank that the agent of the first respondent revealed to the buyer that the true identity of Nana Yaa Ode was the first respondent, into whose account payment of the purchase price of One Hundred and Seventeen Thousand cedis (GH¢117,000.00 was to be made and was effected.”
Further disclosure proved that Madam Cecilia Dapaah’s late brother continued to make payments to her despite having passed away in January, 2022.
“Strangely, there are active transfers from the deceased person’s bank account to that of the first respondent’s Prudential Bank account number 0090924640014.
“As recently as 19 September 2022 and 23 May 2023, amounts of Ten Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty cedis (GH¢10,450.00) and Eleven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Thousand cedis (GH¢11,280.00) respectively were transferred, supposedly by the deceased brother to the first respondent.”