Photo of a Nigerian killed in South Africa, Samuel Nkennaya, has emerged
Samuel was reportedly accused of kidnapping a girl, who happened to be his daughter. He was mobbed by the members of the community who couldn’t wait to confirm the real identity of the young girl, who reportedly couldn’t is not old enough to identify herself.
According to a statement by the Secretary of Mpumalanga Province branch of the Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA), Victor Ayanfe-Oyebanjo, Nkennaya and his friend Nwudo were attacked following accusations that both men kidnapped the 6-year-old girl identified as Chinonye.
Ayanfe-Oyebanjo said trouble started when Nwudo took his six-year-old daughter, Chinonye, to visit Nkennaya at White River town in the evening of April 27. Later, Nwudo and Nkennaya proceeded to buy food for Nwudo’s daughter, Chinonye, at KFC restaurant in the area. Shortly after buying the food, some bystanders raised false alarm alleging that both men kidnapped the six-year-old girl.
The community members immediately descended on them, beating them with different kinds of weapons. Nwudo began to shout that the girl was his daughter and pleaded that they speak to his South African wife to confirm his claim – which actually saved his life.
The statement added that the police later intervened and called for backup to rescue the victims. Nkennaya died at the hospital on Sunday April 28th while Nwudo is in critical health condition.
While sharing a photo of Samuel with friends, a Nigerian man based in Mpulanga said the mob only had to wait for confirmation of the men’s claims rather than mob them.