Our Arrest, Torture By SSS Show Suffering Of Igbos In Nigeria – Israeli Filmmakers

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Rochman Rudy, one of the three Israeli filmmakers arrested by the State Security Service (SSS), says the torture they suffered at the hands of the Nigerian secret police shows the suffering of Igbos in Nigeria.

The Herald had in July reported that Mr. Rochman a Zionist activist was arrested alongside filmmaker Noam Leibman and French-Israeli Journalist E. David Benaym by the SSS over allegations that they supported the activities of outlawed 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 Saturday, Mr. Rudy explained that they had set out to tell the story of the Igbo Jews before their unlawful 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 gunpoint 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,” Mr. Rudy wrote.

Mr. Rudy stressed the need to reset focus on the Igbos who have been living in the reality of the 20 days of ill-treatment they suffered at 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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