A new twist has been added to the stories on last Monday’s attack on Owerri prison and Imo State Police Command headquarters by unknown gunmen.
The gunmen had attacked Owerri prison, also known as correctional center where the freed 1,850 inmates and also razed down the Imo State Police Command headquarters burning all the operational vehicles on that same night.
While the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu had accused the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, of carrying out the attacks, Imo State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma exonerated the secessionist group and alleged the attacks were sponsored by his political enemies, who by extension wants to bring down the Federal administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
But a former Assistant Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Dennis Amachree, has disclosed that the agency informed the police and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, about an impending attack on the Police Command and prison facility in the state, clearly one week before the incidents took place.
Amachree made the disclosure when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Friday, saying that “enough actionable intelligence” gathered by the DSS before Monday’s attacks, were passed to the Governor and the Police, but that they both failed to act on the intelligence report.
He insisted that the police were informed about the attack one week and 72 hours before it happened, but that they were too lazy to prevent it.
He said: “There is enough intelligence, enough actionable intelligence. Actionable in the 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 surveilling 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,” he stated.
Amachree said the police was the “actioning party” that should have taken steps on the security intelligence, adding that the former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, did not get his facts right before alleging that the masterminds of the attacks were members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).