The Story Of Two Police Officers Who Were Murdered In Ablekuma, Kweku Ninja And Taller
Constable Owusu Sekyere (right,with a riffle) and a colleague. In November 1998, the whole of Ghana was thrown into a state of shock when two police officers belonging to the then ‘Striking Force’ , which later became known as the ‘Buffalo Unit’, were murdered in broad daylight at Ablekuma, a suburb of Accra. The two,
Police Constables Owusu Sekyere, also known as ‘Kwaku Ninja’, and Jerry Wornu, popularly known as ‘Taller’, were on a mission to check on a disputed land at Ablekuma. On reaching the Ablekuma Township, ten indigenes of the area were said to have pounced on the two police officers and subjected them to severe
One of the killers, Kwesi Appiah Buahene also known as Akututse was arrested after 15 years on the run at his hideout at Senkyem, near Assin Fosu in the Central Region where he was teaching at a public basic school.
beatings. In the process, Constable Wornu (Taller), died on the spot, while Kwaku Ninja, who was an expert in martial arts fought his way through, reportedly inflicting injuries on some of the assailants before attempting to escape from the mob attack. Police reports narrated further that Kwaku Ninja hanged on a moving tipper
truck in his move to escape being lynched, but he did not succeed the hike. One of the suspects, Kwasi Kwei, also known as Kwei-Kwei, told the Police that he joined other accomplices including one ‘Terminator’, to beat him to death. He also admitted that he personally dug the hole for the body of Ninja to be buried,’ the police
said. The bodies of Kwaku Ninja and Taller were buried at different locations in the locality, including an uncompleted building, and were later exhumed by the Police Administration for autopsy. Some of the suspects were charged and are serving various terms in prison for murder. Prior to that, the police service, led by the then IGP, Peter Nanfuri, mounted a spirited search
for both victims and suspects for days before the perpetrators were arrested, eventually leading to the discovery of where the police officers were buried. The case further took a nationwide interest because Owusu Sekyere was a martial arts instructor on a section of Kwabena Yeboah’s ‘Sports Highlights’ on GTV and was therefore a well known person in the country.