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The Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has asserted that she faces no political pressure in conducting investigations and prosecutions.

Her statement follows the referral of a suspected money laundering case involving former Water and Sanitation Minister, Cecilia Dapaah to EOCO by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

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Despite the OSP’s decision to drop charges against Dapaah due to a lack of credible evidence, COP Addo-Danquah emphasized that her office would only act when there is concrete evidence of wrongdoing.

Speaking at an anti-corruption forum, she highlighted the importance of adhering to the law and explained that her actions are guided by evidence rather than external influences.

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“Sometimes when I hear people say I am handling a case and I have powers from above directing me, fortunately for me I have not had that because you are guided by the law.

“Nobody will direct you when you have evidence. It is when you don’t have evidence, when you haven’t been able to put evidence together then someone can tell you not to do this.

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“But if you have done your work in such a way that you have evidence, very solid evidence, you just have to explain to the person that these are my evidence, these are A, B and C and they are solid and I am presenting it to the court.

“Nobody can stop you but we hide behind powers from above and we are put back and we disappoint the citizens but they have given you the mandate to do the job,” she explained.

The case involved the seizure of significant sums of money from Dapaah’s home, leading to charges related to failing to declare assets.

The OSP dropped these charges after a meeting with the judge and defense lawyers, with sources indicating a court deadline for unfreezing accounts and returning seized funds to Dapaah.

The background of the case involved Dapaah’s arrest in 2023 on suspicion of corruption and the subsequent resignation from her ministerial position amid public pressure.

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