Our Arrest, Treatment in DSS Custody Shows Suffering of Igbos in Nigeria – Israeli Filmmakers

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By Henry Iheanacho

Rochman Rudy, one of the three Israeli filmmakers arrested by the Department of State Security (DSS), says the ill-treatment they suffered at the hands of the secret police shows the suffering of Igbos in Nigeria, Peoples Gazette reports.

In July, CorrectNG reported that Mr Rochman, a Zionist activist was arrested alongside filmmaker Noam Leibman and French-Israeli Journalist E. David Benaym over allegations that they supported the activities of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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The trio were arrested at Ogidi village, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State while shooting a documentary, “We Were Never Lost”, which explores Jewish communities in African countries such as Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, and Nigeria.

They spent 20 days in detention without being charged to court by the Nigerian government.

However, in a statement released on his official Instagram page, Rudy explained that they had set out to tell the story of the Igbo Jews before their arrest.

“We only managed to film for two days out of the two weeks planned in Igboland when armed militants wearing black ski masks forced us at gun point into a van, stripping us of our phones and passports. We didn’t see the light of day or had any form of communication with the outside world till we were released 20 days later,” he wrote.

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Rudy stressed the need to reset focus on the Igbos who have been living in the reality of the 20 days ill-treatment they suffered in the hands of Nigeria’s secret police.

“Now that we are back, it’s important to reset and focus on the Igbo Jews who’ve faced what we went through their whole lives and still live with that reality daily,” he added.

The Israeli further disclosed that he and his team have been blocked from subsequent visits to Nigeria.

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