SECURITY has been beefed up at the South African High Commission at Cantonments in Accra following threats by some youth last Friday to burn down the Commission in reprisal for the killing of some Ghanaians in that country in a xenophobia attack last week.
The group was also alleged to have to threatened to deal with G4, the private security personnel manning the High Commission.
The Ghanaian Times visit to the High Commission at about 1:00 pm yesterday saw personnel from the Police, Fire Service and National Security deployed to provide security.
The, personnel, however, were tight-lipped saying they had been instructed to provide security at the place.
Speaking on phone, the Cantonments Divisional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Iddi Seidu, said on Friday at about 5pm, his outfit had information that a group of young people had besieged the place threatening to deal with the security personnel and also to set the place ablaze following the killing of some Ghanaians in South Africa.
Quickly, he said, some personnel were dispatched from the Cantonments Police Station to patrol and provide security at the area.
He said a message was consequently sent to Police Headquarters which also deployed personnel from the Formed Police Unit, formally the Amoured Car Squadron and the Special Weapons and Tactical Unit (UNIT) from the National Security to the area.
ACP Seidu said although nothing untoward happened since the threat was issued, the Police did not want to take the security for granted, saying the personnel would be maintained until the situation normalised.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana National Fire Service, Divisional Officer Grade II, Mrs. Harriet Nunoo, said the deployment of personnel was to avert any disaster, following the alleged threats in retaliation of the happenings in South Africa.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour