The online media have reported in the country that police officers in sections of Matebeleland in particular Bulawayo, have been put on standby following a tip-off from the South African intelligence service that the group is entering that country through Zimbabwe where it is feared they would carry out revenge attacks for the ill-treatment of several Nigerian nationals in the on going xenophobic attacks which have killed seven people and displaced thousands from their homes.
Officers were yesterday called for duty at around 9PM and are now temporarily stationed at selected police-stations where they camp.
Several cops were seen patrolling the streets wielding FN rifles.
The development comes soon after Nigeria in a stand off with South Africa over xenophobic threatened to fight back to close South African owned busnisses in Nigeria in protest against their nationals’ attack. The country also threatened to pull out its diplomatic mission in SA.
There has been speculation in recent years that Boko Haram is really an extension of rogue elements in the Nigerian army controlled by politicians who wanted to remove former President Goodluck Jonathan. Ever since the new President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a Muslim was installed the militants group’s activities have appeared to die out, somewhat confirming the speculative reports that they are truly an extension of the national army.
The Police spokesperson Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment.
Boko Haram recently threatened to kill all SA citizens in west Africa over the xenophobic attacks.