Two more suspects have been arrested in the ongoing investigations into the stolen funds from the residence of the former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah.
This was revealed in court on Wednesday, August 2, by police prosecutor DSP Emmanuel Nyamekye when the case was called.
Five persons including two house helps of the former Aviation Minister were initially arrested for allegedly stealing One million dollars, 300,000 euros and personal effects valued at thousands of Ghana Cedis.
The accused persons were, however, not in court as the prosecutor explained that the investigators were in Tamale for further investigation.
The arrest of the two brings the accused persons to seven. One of them, the second accused, Sarah Agyei, was granted bail last week but she is yet to meet the bail conditions.
The other six including the two new arrests have been remanded into police custody.
The case has been adjourned to August 8.
The lawyer for the second accused Augustine Gyamfi, however, accused the Police of frustrating their efforts to meet the bail conditions.
It emerged on Friday, July 21 that two house helps of the Minister were facing charges before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing an amount of $1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghanaian cedis at the former minister’s residence at Abelenkpe, Accra, in October 2022.
The two, 18-year-old Patience Botwe and 30-year-old Sarah Agyei allegedly stole the monies and personal effects of the couple, between the months of July and October 2022.
Both have been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and five counts of stealing US$1 million, €300,000, and millions of Ghana cedis.
The 68-year-old former Minister disputes the figures given in the court document but the revelations outraged many in Ghana.
Ghana’s cedi currency has been losing value rapidly in recent months, with those in charge of the troubled economy blaming dollar hoarders for the woes of the cedi.
It was shocking for many to learn that a government minister may have been holding foreign currency herself.