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EOCO is guided by law; no ‘powers from above’ can order me about – Tiwaa Addo-Danquah

Executive Director of Ghana’s Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has reaffirmed her office’s independence from political pressure in carrying out investigations and prosecutions. Her statement comes amidst a suspected money laundering case involving former Water and Sanitation Minister Cecilia Dapaah, which was referred to EOCO by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) after charges against Dapaah were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Addressing an anti-corruption forum, Ms Addo-Danquah emphasized her commitment to the rule of law, stating, “Fortunately for me, I have not had [directives from above], because you are guided by the law.” She stressed the importance of solid evidence in pursuing legal action and expressed dedication to fulfilling her mandate without interference.

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In the case involving Ms. Dapaah, who was arrested in 2023 on suspicion of corruption after reporting a theft from her home, the OSP’s decision to drop charges against her was followed by a dismissal of an application to confirm the seizure and freezing of her assets by the court. Sources suggest that the OSP was given a deadline to unfreeze Ms. Dapaah’s accounts and return seized funds.

The ongoing trial involves Ms. Dapaah’s housemaids and other accomplices accused of stealing significant sums from her residence. The complexity of the case underscores the challenges of combating corruption in Ghana’s political landscape.

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Ms. Addo-Danquah’s remarks aim to reassure the public of her office’s commitment to impartial investigations and adherence to legal procedures, particularly in high-profile cases like the one involving Ms. Dapaah. As Ghana continues its efforts to combat corruption, the independence and integrity of institutions like EOCO remain crucial in upholding the rule of law and fostering accountability in governance.

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