July 2023 | Cabinet minister arrested on suspicion of corruption
Amidst a severely challenging national economic situation that includes a shortage of foreign reserves, a Ghanaian cabinet minister was arrested in late July on suspicion of corruption after a large amount of foreign currency (one million US dollars and three-hundred thousand euros) was reported stolen from her home. After news of the reported crime became public, Cecilia Abena Dapaah resigned from her position as Minister of Sanitation in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s cabinet. She herself was arrested and questioned several days later. Dapaah’s resignation leaves only two women in the 19-person cabinet.
January 2023 | State institutions to apologize to journalist who was wrongly arrested
In June 2019, shortly after publishing articles critical of the National Security Minister, Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri (editor of the online media agency Modern Ghana) and Emmanuel Britwum (a reporter for the publication) were arrested in a manner tantamount to abduction by agents of Ghana’s National Security agency. Their electronic devices were seized, and Ajarfor claims to have been tortured during interrogations. Charges of cybercrime against the men were dismissed by the Accra High Court soon after and the journalists were released. Ajarfor then launched legal proceedings in the Human Rights Division of the High Court against the state agencies involved. On 13 January 2023, the court ordered the heads of three state agencies to apologize to Ajarfor for the violations of his rights, and to compensate him for the damage done to him.