By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to a former Assistant Director of the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, the Nigerian Police was tipped off thrice prior to the attacks on a correctional facility and police headquarters facility in Imo State.
Amachree, who disclosed this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, suggested that such attacks, especially the Monday event, could have been averted if the police were on their toes.
“There is enough actionable intelligence; actionable in the sense that it allows for space for people to execute it,” he said.
“One week ahead of this particular event and 72 hours before the event and 48 hours before the event – so three times – the Nigeria police was informed that this was going to happen.
“Some suspects that were being geolocated around the area were found surveilling the prisons and the police headquarters.
“But you know, in our lackadaisical way, when the intelligence would come, they throw it by the side, and then of course when something happens, everybody runs around.”
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has blamed the recent attacks on security facilities in the state on aggrieved politicians who aim to destabilise his government and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.