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Cecilia Dapaah Controversy: Domelevo demands accountability from EOCO

Former Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo is raising serious questions about the Economic and Organised Crime Office's (EOCO) handling of the investigation involving former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah.

Domelevo, alongside other prominent figures, has filed a petition to Parliament, pressing EOCO for answers regarding their apparent reluctance to investigate the case thoroughly.

Speaking on an Accra-based television station on Thursday, Mr. Domelevo expressed his frustration: "We want to know why EOCO is refusing to investigate the matter." His stance is clear—the allegations against Madam Dapaah, including the unexplained stash of money found in her residence, deserve a full and transparent investigation.

Martin Kpebu, a private legal practitioner and co-petitioner, said "There are several issues to be investigated," he asserted, criticizing any attempts to dismiss the gravity of the situation.

The petition, supported by over 100 Ghanaians from various sectors, including anti-graft advocate Martin Kpebu, security analyst Dr. Adam Bona, and academic Professor Ransford Gyampo, calls for a bipartisan probe into EOCO's conduct.

They argue that EOCO has sufficient grounds to investigate Madam Dapaah for money laundering, given her inconsistent explanations regarding the source of the large sums of money seized by the Special Prosecutor.

"The failure to explain the source of the money should have been the cornerstone of the investigation," the petition emphasizes, highlighting EOCO's troubling inaction and perceived inconsistencies.

Adding fuel to the fire, the petition accuses EOCO of failing to protect the money seized from Madam Dapaah's residence, as noted by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

The OSP has publicly criticized EOCO's lack of urgency and their reluctance to delve deeper into the case, despite having detailed information at their disposal.

This escalating tension between state anti-corruption agencies underscores a broader issue of accountability and transparency within Ghana's fight against corruption.

The Ghana Integrity Initiative has expressed concern over the public disagreements between EOCO and OSP, urging a more unified and effective approach to such high-stakes investigations.

As this saga unfolds, the call for answers grows louder. Will EOCO step up and fulfill its mandate, or will the questions surrounding Cecilia Dapaah's case remain unanswered? The nation watches closely, demanding integrity and action.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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