Biafra: DSS Arrest Of Israeli Zonist Activist In Nigeria, A Mistake That Will Spell Doom

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

Biafra: DSS Arrest Of Israeli Zonist Activist In Nigeria, A Mistake That Will Spell Doom

Mijovianews, 14th July, 2021.

Three Israelis shooting a documentary in Biafra land still under occupation were arrested last week by Nigeria government, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed. 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 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. The filmmakers were aware of the political sensitivity surrounding the filming of the Igbo community. Last Thursday, the "We Were Never Lost" Facebook page stressed: “We do not take any position on political movements as we are not here as politicians nor as a part of any governmental delegations.” 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. Recall that prior to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's extraordinary rendition by Nigeria government, he in one of his broadcast told Biafrans that whenever they sight a Sofer Torah in Biafra land know it that Biafra is at hand. Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra has be trending the news since the Israeli group arrived. This might have been the reason Nigeria government felt threatened and sent DSS after them. The Igbo is a lost tribe of Israel. Their culture and religion have great connections with Israel.

In January, Nigeria forces went after ESN for defending Biafra land against Fulanii Herdsmen terrorists, killing and raping people in Biafra land. An attack and pogrom on Easterners in 1967 and the bid for Easterners to defend themselves led to a genocide against the Igbo people, leaving more than 3.5 million Biafrans dead. In 2018, IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu after a failed assassination of him by Nigeria government, gave a radio broadcast saying he was in Israel and indicating he owed his survival to the Jewish state. Kanu, a selfless nationalist, heads IPOB and Radio Biafra. 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. The Nigerian government, on June 21, announced Kanu's extraordinary rendition to Nigeria to continue facing trial. International organizations have viewed Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's rendition as a type of torture. He was subsequently arraigned before Binta Nyako, a Judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the court in response to years of the campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB. Charges that remained unfounded till this very day. He was granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after Nigeria government attempted to assassinate him and ended of killing 29 persons inside his compound.

The Arrest of Rudy Rochman and his group has been viewed by many as another mistake by the Fulani led Nigeria government. This definitely will bring Biafra awareness in Israel.

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