DSS arrests Israeli filmmakers for allegedly supporting IPOB members

The Department of the State Security Service, (DSS), has arrested three Israeli filmmakers for allegedly supporting the Indigenous People Of Biafra, (IPOB), in Nigeria.

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

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

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

The Israelis were in Nigeria to film “We Were Never Lost”, a documentary exploring Jewish communities in African countries such as Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, and Nigeria. They reportedly took off from Ben Gurion Airport on July 5 and landed in Nigeria the next day.

According to residents, the crew was detained at a synagogue during Friday night services in the Igbo village of Ogidi by Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and taken to Abuja.

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

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

Rochman also presented another Igbo community with a Torah scroll, whose cover was designed by British-Israeli street artist, Solomon Souza. 

The Igbo consider themselves a lost tribe of Israel. In 2018, IPOB Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu gave a radio broadcast saying he was in Israel and indicating he owed his survival to the Jewish state.

He maintains the Igbo people, who are in the majority in southeast Nigeria, are a lost tribe of Israel and it is his mission to lead them to the promised land of Biafra.

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