In a statement, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) national spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said they never issued a message circulating on social media that there are some terrorists linked to north-eastern Nigeria based Jihadist militant organisation, Boka Haram, in the country.
Said Chief Superintendent Nyathi:
The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to dismiss the false and fake press statement circulating on social media platforms, particularly WhatsApp, with the contempt it deserves. No such statement has been issued by the police. The ZRP are now investigating the origins and import of this false message on alleged terrorists in the country. The security services in the country will remain alert and will certainly account for criminal elements who would want to cause alarm and despondency.
Part of the message circulating on WhatsApp and other social media platforms reads:
NATIONAL NOTICE ZRP HEADQUARTERS
To All Zimbabwe , we are sincerely announcing about Mabhinya anetsa uye apararira nenyika yese. As The Protection force we are trying by all means to bring all these terrorists to books. Hatizorore kusvika mhondi idzi tadzibata dzose.
Kubva mukuferefeta kwatakaita takaona kuti mabhinja aya akapinda munyika neku South Africa border , akatumwa nechikwata chinopfurikidza mwero (Terrorists) che Boko Haram or an Islamic States. Due this a state of emergency in the country tinokurudzira vanhu kuita zvinotevera.