Dennis Amachree, the former Assistant Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), has revealed that the agency alerted the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma and the police of an impending attack on the police command and prison facility a week before the unfortunate incident occurred.
Amachree made the claim in an interview on a Channels Television programme. He said the police which is the actioning party failed to act even when told that some suspects that are being relocated around the area were found surveilling the prisons and the police headquarters.
The former DSS Assistant Director said;
“There is enough intelligence, enough actionable intelligence. Actionable in th3 sense that it allows for space for people to execute it. One week ahead of this particular event, of course, 72 hours before the event and then of course 48 hours before the event.
“Three times the Nigeria police was informed by the DSS that this is going to happen. Some suspects that are being relocated around the area were found surveiling the prisons and the police headquarters.
“But you know in our lackadaisical way when the intelligence will come they throw it by the side and then of course when something happens, everybody runs around.
“I listened to the governor’s speech. He is correct in the sense that there is an investigation still going on very sure he is very aware of some of the root causes and the people that are involved because I know that the security agencies are feeding him with reports as they go along.”
Amachree further added that former inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu did not get his facts right before alleging that the masterminds of the attacks are members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).