- Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo and the police command have been indicted of doing nothing to prevent attacks in the state by criminals
- According to a DSS former assistant director, Dennis Amachree, a warning came three times but all were never put to use
- Amachree believes the attacks could have been averted if the police had taken action
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There are claims that the police command in Imo and the state government were warned about looming attacks from some suspects about one week before the terror was unleashed.
Dennis Amachree, a former assistant director of the Department of State Services (DSS), said the warning came three times but nothing was done to prevent the attack, The Punch reports.
Amachree who spoke on Thursday, April 8, on the attacks revealed that there was enough actionable intelligence to organise everything that will thwart the operation.
In a report by Daily Times, he insisted that Governor Hope Uzodinma was well aware that there were going to be attacks on the Owerri Correctional Centre and the police headquarters.
The former DSS chief claimed:
“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."
Meanwhile, former Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disclosed that the attack on the force headquarters in Imo state was carried out by members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
In a statement sent to Legit.ng and signed by police spokesperson Frank Mba on Monday, April 5, the IGP noted that initial investigations by the force showed that ESN, a security body recently launched by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was behind the attack.
The statement partly read:
"Preliminary investigations have revealed that the attackers, who came in their numbers with sophisticated weapons such as General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Sub-Machine Guns (SMGs), AK49 rifles, Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), are members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN)."