The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a movie director and cinematographer, Priye Amachree over alleged hyperlinks with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and three Israelis the lawless state police just lately arrested and detained.
Amachree, who’s a Director at HomeBase Media in Jos, the Plateau State capital, was picked up by the key police round 4.30 pm on Wednesday on Oshikomaya Street, off CMD Road in Lagos, a supply advised SaharaReporters on Sunday.
According to the supply, none of Amachree’s relations or mates have been capable of attain him since Wednesday they usually additionally have no idea his whereabouts.
“Amachree was linked to the Israelis that were arrested, detained and recently released by the DSS but till date, no one seems to where he was taken,” the supply mentioned.
SaharaReporters additionally leant that Amachree assisted the Israelis as a tour information and organized logistics for them throughout their go to to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, in accordance with info on Amachree on his LinkedIn web page, his firm “provides multimedia solutions ranging from documentary production, animation, TV /Radio production, Design + print”.
“We produce and plan your media project,” it added.
SaharaReporters had reported how three Israeli filmmakers had been arrested by the DSS for alleged hyperlinks with IPOB.
The Israelis, Rudy Rochman, a Zionist activist; Noam Leibman, filmmaker, and David Benaym, French-Israeli journalist, had been mentioned to be arrested on July 9 once they visited Ogidi village within the Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state.
They had been mentioned to have left Ben Gurion Airport, Israel, on July 5 and arrived in Nigeria the next day to movie a documentary titled, ‘We Were Never Lost’, which seeks to discover Jewish communities in African international locations corresponding to Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, and Nigeria.
The Israeli filmmakers had been launched on Friday, July 30 after spending 20 days within the custody of the DSS in Abuja.
It was learnt that they had been launched after investigation confirmed that they had no hyperlink with members of IPOB, whose chief, Nnamdi Kanu, is at the moment standing trial for costs together with terrorism and treasonable felony.
Kanu was just lately kidnapped and extradited to Nigeria from Kenya.
According to Times of Israel, the Israeli filmmakers had been arrested on suspicion that that they had are available in contact with Biafran separatists.
Their households had been quoted in an announcement as saying native political parts twisted the gifting of a Torah scroll and another gadgets to native communities as constituting assist for separatist political ambitions.
“The filmmaking crew thought it would be a nice gesture to bring several gifts with cultural symbolism to the communities it planned to visit,” the assertion reads.
“Unfortunately, members of non-state political groups have hijacked for their own purposes images of the filmmakers gifting a Torah to a local community.
“These individuals are distorting the intentions of the filmmakers in an effort to manufacture a connection to local political matters when no such connection exists.
“These politically motivated actors have taken a simple gesture of kindness and twisted it in an attempt to create an alternate meaning.”
The households mentioned the documentary collection “are designed to educate viewers about the religious and cultural experiences of lesser-known Jewish communities”.
They added that the objective of the filmmakers is “to interview members of Jewish communities across multiple African countries, along with Jewish communities in China, India, Afghanistan and elsewhere”.
“This documentary is not intended to make any political statements about the countries in which filming will take place, nor does the filmmaking team endorse any political movements. The filmmaking crew acts as a guest visiting the country and its various communities – there are no political overtones,” they mentioned.