Cecilia Dapaah: EOCO, OSP creating the impression some persons are untouchable – GII

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The Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Mary Adda, has raised significant concerns regarding the conduct of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in the investigation of the former sanitation minister, Cecilia Dapaah. 

According to her, the current trajectory of the case involving the former sanitation minister reinforces the perception of bias and the notion that some high-profile individuals are beyond the reach of the law.

Speaking on Citi Breakfast Show, Madam Mary Adda, expressed disappointment over the lack of communication between EOCO and OSP, which she said has led to a standstill in certain investigations. 

Madam Adda said the attitude of the two bodies “begins to give the impression to some of us that there is something we are not being told. Everybody is trying to shift the burden to the other and that is not fair. It was myself or you, Bernard, people will work. EOCO will sit up, they will do suspicious transaction tracing, and they will work with the Financial Intelligence Center (FIC) if it was necessary. 

“So the impression is being created that some people are untouchable and so if we do not want to touch them, we shift the burden to the other and we continue to shift until we give it to those who cannot do anything about it. So that is the impression and I believe that is why CDD is saying it is a done deal,” she stated. 

EOCO disclosed on May 6 that it intended to return the docket on the former minister to the OSP,

This, according to the Executive Director of EOCO, Maame Yaa Tiwa Addo-Danquah, follows advice from the Office of the Attorney General against the initiation of money laundering investigations into Cecilia Dapaah, citing failure by the OSP to establish evidence of corruption or corruption-related offences. She said that there was nothing her outfit could do. 

Meanwhile, the Director of Strategy, Research, and Communications at the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) Samuel Appiah Darko, disclosed that EOCO had already returned the docket on former Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah.

To him, EOCO’s assertions that it intends to return the docket are untrue because that has already happened.

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Meanwhile, the Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, says honesty and integrity are prerequisite tools for Ghana’s quest to fight corruption.

“For us to eradicate the canker of corruption allegations, particularly those involving public officeholders, everyone has to display a very high level of honesty, and integrity,” he stressed.

Speaking on behalf of the President at the 14th Commonwealth Regional Conference of Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa, Mr Dame further stressed the need for transparency in the fight against corruption.

“The fight against corruption also requires honesty and integrity in the disclosure of results. There must be an avoidance of sensationalism by all parties involved; investigative bodies, civil society, and the public. It augers well for the fight if the results of corruption allegations against public officers, particularly senior members of government which are refuted and unsubstantiated, are fully put out by investigative bodies.

Investigative bodies must be honest and bold enough to disclose to the public the full results of investigations into allegations of corruption against members of the government which turned out to be untrue.

This is one sure way to boost the confidence of the public in their government, reduce their suspicion, distrust, and cynicism with which the public views officeholders,” the Minister for Justice and Attorney General admonished.

Mr. Dame entreated investigative authorities to discard the view that every public officeholder is corrupt.

“There is a truism that not every public officeholder is corrupt, and investigative authorities must discard the view that the only way to stay relevant is by keeping the flame of allegation of corruption against public officeholders burning, even if same to journalists are unfounded and without basis,” he reiterated.

The minister’s admonishment comes in the wake of widespread criticism about advice from the Attorney General’s Office to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to discontinue money laundering investigations into the affairs of the former Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah.

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