Nigerian man, Nkennaya, 34, has been wrongly accused and killed in a mob attack in South Africa. This is alongside Mr. Nwudo who is also in critical condition following the mob attack.
Secretary of the Mpumalanga Province branch of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Victor Ayanfe-Oyebanjo, made this known to News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.
He disclosed that both men were attacked following accusations that they kidnapped one Chinonye, a six-year-old girl. Unknown to the attackers, the child was the daughter of Nwudo, the injured man.
“It all 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.
Ayanfe-Oyebanjo said shortly after buying the food, some bystanders raised false alarm alleging that both men kidnapped the six-year-old girl.
“Thereafter, the community did not bother to ask questions and immediately mobbed the two Nigerians.
“While they were being attacked, Nwudo kept on shouting 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 Police later intervened and called for backup to rescue the victims. Nkennaya died at the hospital on April 28, while Nwudo is in critical health condition,” he said.
Ayanfe-Oyebanjo reported that earlier that week, two South Africans were killed for similar offence and that the case is still open in court.