The Department of State Services (DSS) has said comments by a former Assistant Director of the Service, Dennis Amachree, on attacks on the Police Command and Correctional Centre in Imo State, were his personal opinion.
Amachree had on Channels’ Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday said the DSS had provided the police and the Imo State governor, Hope Uzodinma, with “enough actionable intelligence” about the attacks a week earlier, but they did nothing about it.
Reacting, the Public Relations Officer, DSS National Headquarters, Dr. Peter Afunanya, said the secret police will, in collaboration with other security and law enforcement agencies, continue to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizenry.
Naija News reports that Amachree disclosed that the DSS had passed actionable intelligence to the police on the possibility of the attacks but the warning was discarded by the Police authorities in the state.
He 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.”