Cecilia Dapaah alleged money-laundering:  …EOCO dismisses allegation of unwillingness to probe case

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has denied alle­gation against the outfit, by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) of its unwillingness to probe alleged money-laundering case against former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Dapaah.

According to EOCO, its attention had been drawn to a statement by Samuel Appiah Dar­ko, described as the Director of Strategy at the Special Prosecutor (OSP), in the media that EOCO did not request for findings of “trans-boundary investigations’’ conducted by the OSP and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the USA.

The Executive Director of EOCO, Commissioner of Police (COP) MaameYaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah, in a press statement, issued in Accra on Tuesday, said following review of the docket presented by the OSP and the advice of the Attorney-General (A-G), EOCO returned the origi­nal docket received from the OSP to the OSP on May 3, 2024.

According to the statement, in view of the intense public interest generated by the matter and to cor­rect the undue misrepresentation of facts,” EOCO would like to set the records straight, following receipt of the ‘referral’ by theOSP on January 25, 2024.

COP Danquah disclosed that EOCO by a letter, dated February 1, 2024, signed by the Deputy Ex­ecutive Director, Operations, Ab­dulai Bashiru Dapilah, requested the Special Prosecutor for a copy of finding on the case, to facilitate EOCO’s investigations.

The statement said EOCO’s letter of February 1, 2024, was received at the front desk of the OSP by field desk Officer II, Sol­omon Tetteh, who duly signed for the letter the following day.

“The Deputy Executive-Di­rector of EOCO, Bashiru Dapilah followed up to the OSP and discussed with Mr Emmanuel Basintale, the Director of investi­gations of the OSP, the possibility of expediting the release of the report, which was done in the presence of the Deputy Special Prosecutor, Ms Cynthia Lamptey,” COP Danquah stated.

According to the statement, Mr Basintale assured that as soon as he received clearance from the SP, the report would be released to EOCO to assist in investigations from the OSP, but to date, EOCO had not received any information from the OSP.

The statement explained that EOCO Further noted that the OSP had in its letter referring the docket to EOCO stated that in October, 2023, the investigations became trans-boundary with the involvement of FBI in respect of parts of the cash sums that were alleged to have been transported into the jurisdiction from the US.

“After seven months of extensive investigations and four months of collaboration investiga­tions, it seems to the OSP that the case is largely in the province of suspected money laundering and structuring,” its stated.


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