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GHS50K is for my wife, £300K is mine, GHS300K is funeral donation – Cecilia Dapaah’s husband tells court

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Daniel Osei-Kufuor, spouse of the former Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Dapaah has identified the beneficiaries of the stolen funds from their residence in Ablemkpe, Accra.

Testifying in an Accra High Court session concerning the theft case involving their two housemaids, Osei-Kufuor affirmed that the money belonged to various individuals, with the ex-minister’s share amounting to only 50,000 cedis.

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Besides his spouse, the funds were allocated to himself, his wife’s family (for funeral expenses), and his niece, who was also a client.

Osei-Kufuor serves as the primary prosecution witness in the case involving the two maids, Patience Botwe and Sarah Agyei, along with five others.

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During further cross-examination on Wednesday, May 15, Counsel for Sarah Agyei (2nd accused) queried the witness about the duration the funds were kept in the storeroom.

According to GhanaWeb’s analysis, the stolen funds totaled about 410,000 US dollars, contrary to the initial claim of one million dollars in the police statement.

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Breakdown of ownership of the stolen funds:

US$210,000 – Belonging to the deceased brother of Osei-Kufuor’s wife.

US$200,000 – Dorcas Wiredua, Osei-Kufuor’s niece and client.

£300,000 – Osei-Kufuor’s own funds.

GH¢300,000 – Contributions from Cecilia Dapaah’s siblings for the funeral of her late mother.

GH¢50,000 – Belonging to Cecilia Dapaah.

As reported by Starr FM, Osei-Kufuor stated in court: “Subsequently, my wife and I found out that some of our valuables, as well as huge sums of money, had been stolen from the storeroom.

What he told the court according to Starr FM report:

“Subsequently, my wife and I found out that some of our valuables, as well as huge sums of money, had been stolen from the storeroom.

“This included an amount of 210,000 US Dollars which belonged to my wife’s deceased brother, Nana Akwasi Essan II alias Charles Dapaah,” he said.

Other monies he said were stolen from their storeroom were: “Two hundred thousand US Dollars ($200,000 USD) belonging to Dorcas Wiredua, my niece who is also my client.

“Three Hundred Thousand Euros (£300,000) belonging to me,” and “Three Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc300,000) being contributions that my wife’s siblings and she made towards the funeral of her late mother.

“Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc50,000) belonging to my wife,” he stated.

Although granted bail, Patience Botwe, 18, and Sarah Agyei, 30, alongside Benjamin Sowah, Malik Dauda, Christiana Achab, Job Pomary, and Yahaya Sumaila, remain in custody after failing to meet their bail conditions.

EIB network’s Legal Affairs Correspondent, Murtala Inusah, who was in Court, reports that lawyers of Benjamin Sowah, 3rd Accused, have been instructed to cross-examine the Witness on May 20, as directed by Justice Marie-Louise Simmons, the presiding judge, following the conclusion of Counsel for Sarah Agyei, Augustine Gyamfi’s cross-examination.

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