A mob in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province has beaten a 34-year-old Nigerian man, Samuel Nkennaya, to death.
The mob also attempted to kill his Nigerian friend, Chinonso Nwudo, in front of Nwudo’s six-year-old daughter, Chinonye.
Nwudo is in critical condition in a South African hospital. Nkennaya and Nwudo were attacked following accusations that both men kidnapped Chinonye, who unknown to their attackers were Nwudo’s child.
Secretary of Mpumalanga Province branch of the Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA), Mr Victor Ayanfe-Oyebanjo, said the incident occurred on Saturday, April 27.
“It all started when Nwudo took his six-year-old daughter, Chinonye, to visit Nkennaya at White River Town on the evening of April 27.
“Later, Nwudo and Nkennaya proceeded to buy food for Nwudo’s daughter, Chinonye, at a KFC restaurant in the area.”
Ayanfe-Oyebanjo said shortly after buying the food, some bystanders raised a 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 said a week before the incident two South Africans were murdered for allegedly kidnapping a child in the same area. He said a murder case had been opened at the White River Police Station and pleaded with Nigerians in the province to remain calm in the wake of the unprovoked attacks.
“The incident has been reported to NUSA’s national secretariat, while the union is currently seeking redress to ensure that the culprits were brought to book,” he said.
Mr Adetola Olubajo, the President of NUSA confirmed the killing. Nwudo’s South African wife, Katlekho Ndlovu, also confirmed the incident. According to her, Chinonye had been traumatised by the incident and was currently undergoing counselling in an undisclosed hospital.
“They (attackers) did not bother to ask her anything and didn’t even bother to remove her from the scene before beating her dad (Nwudo) unconscious. Chinonye’s dad is in the hospital while her uncle (Nkennaya) is dead,” she said amid tears.
On April 5 and April 6 2019, two Nigerians were killed in fresh xenophobic attacks in a wave of xenophobic attacks that swept through Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa.
Mr Odefa Ikele, the Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa(NUSA), said:
“Mr Bonny Iwuoha, 48, from Ihitte/Uboma in Imo State, was stabbed to death at about 11:45 pm on April 6, 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa. “We gathered that his assailants followed him from 152 Hay Street Turffontein, and thereafter stabbed and killed him in front of his gate at Turf Road, Turffontein. The killing was witnessed by Mr Izochukwu Nwokocha, also known as, Nwa Father.”
He said another Nigerian, Goziem Akpenyi, had been killed in a similar circumstance a day earlier.
“Akpeyi was allegedly stabbed to death by three unknown coloured South African men after an argument with the deceased,” he said.
“The incident took place at Cape Town at about 1 pm on Friday, April 5, 2019. These latest killings add to four other Nigerians who were shot dead in March. Three of the victims were murdered in Sunnyside, Pretoria, and one in Balfour Park, Johannesburg.”
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