Department Of State Services Arrests Israeli Filmmakers In Nigeria Over Alleged Contact With IPOB Members, Israeli Embassy Reacts

Three Israelis taking pictures a documentary in a separatist area in southeast Nigeria have been arrested final week, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

According to Times Of Israel, Nigerian authorities arrested and interrogated the trio on suspicion that that they had come into contact with ‘Biafran separatists.’

Department Of State Services Arrests Israeli Filmmakers In Nigeria Over Alleged Contact With IPOB Members, Israeli Embassy Reacts 2

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Israeli Embassy in Abuja is following the case carefully and is involved with Nigerian authorities.

One of the Israelis arrested is Rudy Rochman, a Zionist activist with nearly 95,000 followers on Instagram. Making the flight with him have been filmmaker Noam Leibman and French-Israeli journalist E. David Benaym.

The Israelis have been in Nigeria to movie “We Were Never Lost,” a documentary exploring Jewish communities in African nations similar to Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, and Nigeria.

They took off from Ben Gurion Airport on July 5 and landed in Nigeria the subsequent day.

According to residents, the crew was detained at a synagogue throughout Friday evening companies within the Igbo village of Ogidi by Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and brought to Abuja.

Ogidi is the headquarters of Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

The filmmakers have been conscious of the political sensitivity surrounding the filming of the Igbo group. Last Thursday, the “We Were Never Lost” Facebook web page pressured: “We do not take any position on political movements as we are not here as politicians nor as a part of any governmental delegations.”

Last week, the group met with Igbo chief, Eze Chukwuemeka Eri, and offered him with a framed Shiviti made in Jerusalem.

Rochman additionally offered one other Igbo group with a Torah scroll whose cowl was designed by British-Israeli road artist Solomon Souza. 

The Igbo take into account themselves a misplaced tribe of Israel.

In January, a battle broke out in southeastern Nigeria between Nigerian forces and the army wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) motion. The battle is ongoing.

A earlier unilateral declaration of independence by the Igbo individuals in 1967 sparked a brutal 30-month civil battle that left greater than one million useless.

In 2018, IPOB chief Nnamdi Kanu gave a radio broadcast saying he was in Israel and indicating he owed his survival to the Jewish state.

Kanu, a former London property agent, heads IPOB and the outlawed pirate radio station Radio Biafra.

He maintains the Igbo individuals, who’re within the majority in southeast Nigeria, are a misplaced tribe of Israel and it’s his mission to make them the promised land of Biafra.

The Nigerian authorities, on June 21, introduced Kanu’s arrest and extradition to Nigeria to proceed dealing with trial.

He was subsequently arraigned earlier than Binta Nyako, a Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Kanu is dealing with prices bordering on treasonable felony instituted in opposition to him on the court docket in response to years of the marketing campaign for the impartial Republic of Biafra via IPOB.

He was granted bail in April 2017 for well being causes however skipped bail after disregarding a few of the circumstances given to him by the court docket.

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Department Of State Services Arrests Israeli Filmmakers In Nigeria Over Alleged Contact With IPOB Members, Israeli Embassy Reacts

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