Former IGP Peter Tenganabang Nanfuri is dead

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Peter Tenganabang Nanfuri, a former Inspector General of Police (IGP), has passed away.

On Friday morning, he died away following a brief illness.

Peter Nanfuri, who is now deceased, was IGP from October 1, 1996, to January 21, 2001.

In his stead, Ernest Owusu-Opoku took over.

He served as IGP under the late Flight Lt. Jerry John Rawlings’ presidency and was ordered to go on leave a few days after John Agyekum Kufuor took office.

Towards the end of the Rawlings-led government’s term, he came under scrutiny for the serial murders of women in Ghana.


Peter Tenganabang Nanfuri was born on12 October 1942 was a Ghanaian police officer who was the Paramount Chief of the Jirapa Traditional Area with the title Naa Ansoleh Ganaa II. He served as Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Ghana.

Peter Nanfuri was born at Jirapa, a town in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Nanfuri studied at the University of Ghana, Legon, where he obtained B.A degree in political Science and a law degree.

Nanfuri worked in various capacities within the Ghana Police Service. He was once the Director of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI)1986 in that deals with state security related issues. In 1996, he was appointed as the Inspector General of Police. Towards the end of his service as IGP, he came under severe pressure due to the serial murder of some women in Ghana. He was replaced as IGP by John Agyekum Kuffour , shortly after he became President of Ghana.

On July 23, 2005, Peter Nanfuri was enskinned as the 4th Paramount chief of the Jirapa Traditional Area. He was publicly presented in his new capacity at the Naa Yelpoe Park at Jirapa on 28 April 2007. His official or royal name or title is Naa Ansoleh Ganaa II. The first Naa Ansoleh Ganaa, was appointed by the British colonial administration with the stool name of Naa Ansoleh Ganaa I. Nanfuri is his great-grandson. The previous Paramount Chief, Bapereyiri Yelpore, died seven years earlier. Although Nanfuri’s father was a chief, he had to contest this position with some cousins.


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