Nigeria secret Police, Department of state service (DSS) has released three Abducted Israeli Nationals That Brought Sefeh Torah To Igbo Land earlier this month.
If you recall Africhome News Team had earlier reported that the Isreali Nationals where abducted on July 9 2021 at ogidi Anambra State.
We Were Never Lost Team are namely Rudy Rochman, Andrew Noam Leibman & Edouard David Benaym.
The WWNL documentary team were wrongfully taken on Friday July 9, 2021 at 7:30 AM(Nigerian time) to the local DSS facility in Anambra State, Nigeria where they were held for 24hours before being transported to the DSS headquarters in Abuja.
The Jewish organization, Chabad of Nigeria, was able to reach the three Israeli filmmakers after their 5 day in captivity and provided them with proper Kosher meals daily, thanks to the efforts of the Israeli, US and French embassies, along with other diplomatic channels, families, and many caring individuals who helped in the process, as of July 28 the WWNL team has been officially cleared of any and all suspicions wrong doing, and although their visas are still valid but have been instructed by the Nigerian government to leave the country immediately.
Although the team cannot continue their filming of Igbo Jewish life in Nigeria, their mission is not over and the story will be told.
The 3 weeks in captivity has only fueled the team’s desire to tell the stories of the Igbo Jews and will continue working for them to get mainstream reception.
“Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts go out to the Igbo Jewish communities we met and to those we had planned to visit”WWNL Team
We thank you all for hosting us for the few days we shared and will not give up on you.
When Rudy, Noam, and David were taken, an elderly igbo woman, “Ima Lisbon who is a leader of the Jewish community in Ogidi, Nigeria was also taken into custody and is still being detained in inhumane conditions.
We Were Never Lost is a documentary project that aims to tell the stories of disconnected Jewish communities around the world.
The first season of WWNL is set to take place in Africa traveling through Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia.