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    Gumi Has Contact With Bandits Too – Nigerians Slam Buhari Government For Arresting Israeli Filmmakers Over Contact With IPOB

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    Jul 14, 2021

    The filmmakers

    Nigerians on social media have expressed fear over Israel’s likely reaction to the arrest of its citizens by Nigeria’s Secret police. 

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had earlier confirmed that three Israelis shooting a documentary in South-East Nigeria were arrested by officials of the Department of State Services last week. 

    The filmmakers


    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.

    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 DSS and thereafter taken to Abuja.

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    Their arrest has continued to generate heated reactions, many Nigerians calling out the government for the action.

    Some of the social media users noted that Nigerian authorities have extended the abuse of human rights carried out on its citizens to citizens of other countries. 

    Below is a reaction of Nigerians on social media to the arrest:

    A Facebook user, Omah Ogbeh wrote, “Haa! Is this still Democracy or Dictatorship? I think it’s very clear now that the only agenda this government has at hand is to tackle IPOB and leave other important agendas unattended. Hmm, sounds too malicious ooooo! We don tire for this administration jooor.”

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    Another user Precious Sunday wrote, “Nigerian Security Agencies will escort Gumi to the forest to meet the bandits for discussion, wait till they finish and escort him back home, then return to combing the forest to search for same bandits. Worse still, it makes sense to them.”

    Ene Possible said, “Nigeria government should be careful you don’t arrest anything you see on the way because of retaliation, less you end up putting the nation in big trouble we couldn’t come out from, don’t forget Nigeria is no match for Israel.”

    Alex Onyebuchi said, “Just for having contact with IPOB? But Gumi has had several contacts with Bandits and Herdsmen and kidnappers. Why these selective arrests? What are you afraid of? Won’t people interact again? Aren’t you all having contacts?” 

    Now our message will surely get the whole world 🌍. This is what Nigeria Government are good at,. Arresting innocent people everywhere. #FreeMaziNnamdiKanuNow #FreeTheIsrealiInNigeria

    — Chiwkado Victor (@chiwkado) July 13, 2021

    Now our message will surely get the whole world 🌍. This is what Nigeria Government are good at,. Arresting innocent people everywhere. #FreeMaziNnamdiKanuNow #FreeTheIsrealiInNigeria

    — Chiwkado Victor (@chiwkado) July 13, 2021

    @netanyahu , @HananyaNaftali ,@JohnCampbellcfr I hope the world are watching how Nigeria 🇳🇬 DSS are killing and arresting Biafra people and also the visitors Israel 🇮🇱 people but the Nigeria govt warned police and US never to fight against bandits and Fulani herdsmen killer https://t.co/aYsJ3DtTCy

    — John Peter (@John_peter00) July 13, 2021

    They’re looking for trouble, let them go ahead and bite more than they can swallow. Till date DSS can’t stop bandits or rather won’t. We have an ISWAP Govt in Bornu, no action, BH in Niger, no action, bandits & killer fulani herdsmen across Nigeria no action. https://t.co/xiSHjw40YK

    — Idorenyin Etuk (@IdorenyinEtuk5) July 13, 2021

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