DSS Arrests, Tortures and Detains Three Israelis in Anambra for Allegedly Supporting IPOB

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“We do not take any position on political movements as we are not here as politicians nor as a part of any governmental delegations,”

The Department of Security Service, DSS has arrested, detained and reportedly tortured three Israeli filmmakers for allegedly supporting the activities of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Three Israelis arrived in Nigeria on July 6th from Ben Gurion Airport, Israel to film a documentary, “We Were Never Lost” which intends to explore Jewish communities scattered in African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Madagascar.

Times of Israel, an Israeli local news Media, had reported that a Zionist activist, Rudy Rochman, filmmaker, Noam Leibman, and French-Israeli journalist, E. David Benaym were arrested last week in Ogidi village, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State where they went to film a documentary.

Eyewitnesses in the community said DSS operatives arrested and detained the men in Ogidi at a synagogue during Friday night service and were later transferred to Abuja.

The crew had written on their Facebook page, We Were Never Lost, that they are not in Nigeria for political reasons.

“We do not take any position on political movements as we are not here as politicians nor as a part of any governmental delegations,” post on the We Were Never Lost Facebook page read in part.

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Screenshot of We Were Never Lost Facebook page post

DSS is her to comment on the arrest and claims of torture.

But the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday confirmed the arrest, stating that Israeli Embassy in Nigeria was aware and was following up on the matter.

What You Need to Know

Igbo people of South East Nigeria have long history of claiming affinity with Israel, which they claim to come from the tribe of Gad, Israel.

The IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu had maintained to be a Jew since his struggle for Biafra independence. He had told Nigerian court in April, 2017 that he was a Jewish and professes Judaism, not Christianity nor Islam.

In some of his statements, he had called on Israel to see that “Biafra stands as an independent entity in Africa.”

“Israel has to live up to their obligation to defend Judaism and Jewish faith all over the world.

“We are being persecuted. We are suffering as a people and I believe it is the responsibility of Israel to make sure that Biafra stands as an independent entity in Africa,” he said.


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