Cecilia Dapaah case: There are several issues to investigate – Kpebu justifies petition against EOCO

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Private legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu who is among the persons who have petitioned parliament against the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) on the issue involving former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has said that there are several issues to be investigated in this matter.

He said that the issues involving the former Minister can’t just be swept under the carpet.

“There are several issues to be investigated,” he said on News 360 on TV3 Thursday, May 16 while explaining the basis for their petition against EOCO.

Some prominent Ghanaians including former Auditor-General Daniel Yaw Domelevo have filed a petition to Parliament seeking a bipartisan probe into the conduct of EOCO in the investigation regarding the stash of money found in the residence of Madam Cecelia Dapaah.

According to the group, which also has, outspoken anti-graft campaigner Martin Kpebu, Security analyst Dr Adam Bona, academic Professor Ransford Gyampo and over 100 other Ghanaians spanning different walks of line, argue in their petition that EOCO had more than enough basis to investigate the former Minister for money laundering as she has been inconsistent and unable to provide the source over the huge amount of money seized at her residence by the Special Prosecutor.

“The failure to explain the source of the money should have been the corner stone of the investigation,” the petition which was submitted to Parliament on Thursday May 16, 2024, noted among others.

It also raised concerns about what the group described as the deliberate refusal by EOCO to take steps to protect the money which had been seized from residence of the former minister by the OSP.

“Upon receipt of the docket, EOCO did not act timeously to seize the money that the OSP was returning to Madam Cecelia Dapaa as public stated by the OSP”.

The petition also said EOCO has been inconsistent with their public commentary and actions in the investigation.

The development comes in the wake of the standoff between state anti-corruption agencies investigating the former Minister over the stash of money.

The OSP is on record to have stated EOCO lacks the appetite to probe the matter despite the detailed information it shared with them.