Two House Helps, Aged 18 and 30, Accused of Stealing Millions From Ghana’s Sanitation Minister

Patience Botwe, an 18-year-old house help working for Ghana’s Minister for Sanitation, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, stands accused of allegedly stealing millions of Ghana Cedis and personal items from the minister and her husband, Daniel Osei Kuffour.

Together with her accomplice, Sarah Agyei, also a former house help, Patience is now before an Accra Circuit Court facing charges of theft and illegal possession of stolen property.

According to the amended charge sheet and brief facts presented in court, the thefts reportedly occurred between July and October 2022, during Patience’s tenure as a house help for the esteemed couple. Patience is said to have acted in collusion with Sarah, who was a former employee of the complainants.

The alleged crimes came to light when Mr. Kuffour returned from a trip and caught Patience in their bedroom, which she had gained access to using a duplicate key. This discovery prompted the couple to report the matter to the police, leading to the subsequent arrest of Patience, who was later released on police enquiry bail.

However, instead of cooperating with authorities, Patience and her boyfriend, Benjamin, went into hiding in Tamale.

Their hideaway, a 3-bedroom apartment rented at a staggering GH¢105,600, became the center of attention after the police received intelligence about their whereabouts.

During a spot search of the apartment, law enforcement officers reportedly found a considerable sum of US$40,000 and GH¢72,619.70, believed to be part of the stolen monies. It was during this investigation that Patience’s alleged extravagant spending was revealed.

The accused teenager is said to have purchased a lavish 3-bedroom house in Amrahia, reportedly worth US$70,000.

The house is furnished with top-of-the-line items, including a double-decker refrigerator, water dispenser, television set, washing machine, and chest cooler, among other valuable items.

Moreover, Patience displayed her affection for Benjamin by gifting him a Hyundai Elantra worth GH¢80,000. However, Benjamin allegedly sold the car to purchase a Honda Civic.

Patience also extended financial assistance to her family and ex-boyfriend, contributing GH¢50,000 to her father and a staggering GH¢1 million to Malik, her former boyfriend.

The accused, Patience, together with her alleged boyfriends and father, had been remanded into lawful custody.

Sarah was granted bail because she is a breastfeeding mother.

The case continues on the 2nd of August 2023.

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