A former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has blamed Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and the Nigeria Police for Easter Monday attacks and jailbreak in Owerri, saying the secret police at least three times alerted them before the attacks happened.
The former DSS official said this on Thursday when he spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, saying unfortunately the governor, who is the chief security of the state, and the police failed to act on the intelligence supplied by the DSS.
Amachree said, “There was enough intelligence, enough actionable intelligence. Actionable in the sense that it allows for space for people to execute it; one week ahead of the event and of course 72 hours before the event and then 48 hours before the event.
“So, three times, the Nigeria Police Force was informed by the DSS that this is going to happen because some suspects that are being geolocated around the area were found surveilling the prisons and the police headquarters but you know in our lackadaisical way, when the intelligence came, they threw it by the side and when something happens, everybody runs around.”
The ex-DSS director added that governor knew that the prison and the police headquarters were about to be attacked.
“All security reports are shared with the governor in a state first, then, it is shared with other sister agencies like the police, the military, if there is military installations there, all of them got this particular report. So, the governor is very much aware.
“Apparently nothing was done (to forestall the attacks).
“Some people are just too lazy to do their jobs.”
Amachree said it was wrong for former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to say members of IPOB masterminded the attacks.
“He doesn’t have his fact right because I don’t see how he can identify them. You identify people by either arresting some of them or from what they say but there was no person that was arrested.”
The DSS is investigating the attacks and would identify those behind it, he stressed.