The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the United States of America (USA) has joined forces with OSP to investigate former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Abena Dapaah over alleged corruption-related issues.
According to a note from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), the investigations will primarily focus on the former Minister’s assets and financial transactions in the United States and Ghana.
This is “to ascertain the lawfulness of Ms. Dapaah and her associates’ wealth, both in the context of their funds transitioning from Ghana to the United States and vice versa,” according to a communiqué issued by the OSP on Wednesday, October 11.
The FBI is said to have collaborated on the move.
This comes against the backdrop of the lawyers of the former Sanitation Minister who filed an affidavit at the Human Rights Division of the High Court, seeking an interlocutory injunction on investigations being conducted by Ghana’s OSP.
The former Bantama MP had described the work of the OSP as “unfair, unreasonable, capricious, arbitrary, and ultra vires,” including the re-seizure of the Minister’s monies and the re-freezing of her accounts and assets.
“I am advised by Counsel and verily believe same to be true that to prevent further violation of my constitutionally guaranteed rights and render my application for judicial review otiose, it is imperative that the Respondent is restrained from continuing his investigation pending the determination of my said application,” her affidavit to OSP’s suit prayed.
By Lawrence Odoom