Israel engages Nigeria over arrest of nationals

A diplomatic row may develop between Israel and Nigeria if utmost care is not taken.

Already, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has accused Nigeria’s security forces of arresting three Israelis.

The Israeli authorities say the men are in Nigeria to shoot a documentary in southeast Nigeria.

Nigeria’s South East has been in turmoil of late, following escalating demands by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for the birth of a new nation called Biafra.

An attempt in the past to carve out a Biafran state out of Nigeria had led to a civil war between 1967 and 1970

The Times of Israel first reported that a Zionist activist, Rudy Rochman, filmmaker Noam Leibman and French-Israeli Journalist E. David Benaym were allegedly arrested last week.

They were taken into custody by Nigerian security operatives while on a visit to Ogidi village.

Ogidi community is in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The Zionists are in Nigeria ostensibly to shoot a documentary entitled “We Were Never Lost. ”

“We Were Never Lost” is a documentary exploring Jewish communities in African countries such as Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, and Nigeria.

The film makers reportedly took off from Ben Gurion Airport on July 5.

The crew who got into Nigeria on July 6 were allegedly interrogated and detained after they intercepted at a synagogue during a Friday night service in Ogidi.

They were later whisked off to Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.

We have learnt that Israeli diplomats are engaging their Nigerian counterparts in an attempt to secure the release of the film makers.

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