Italy: Nigerian street vendor killed in broad daylight sparks public outrage

Italy: Nigerian street vendor killed in broad daylight sparks public outrage
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39-year-old Alika Ogorchukwu chased him and hit him According to Macerata police, the assailant beat her on her crutches and then “to death with her bare hands” while she was on the ground and stole her mobile phone.

Video footage of the attack in Civitanova Marche, on the east coast, was captured by bystanders, but no physical intervention was seen in part of the clip.

In the video, the woman can be heard shouting “stop, stop now” and the man saying “you’re killing him”. The footage was released by Italian media after it was shared online.

Luconi said that the incident happened on Friday at 14:00 in the central street of Civitanova Marche. Ogorchukwu was found dead at the scene by emergency personnel.

Macerata police officer Matteo Luconi told CNN on Monday that the killing was “not racially motivated” and that it was due to “trivial reasons” in a police statement on Sunday.

Filippo Ferlazzo, a 32-year-old Italian citizen, was arrested on charges of murder and robbery, police said. Federica Trifoglio, one of Ferlazzo’s lawyers, told CNN on Monday that her client has psychiatric problems and they intend to file a psychiatric report.

The Nigerian Embassy in Rome condemned the killing, saying, “The incident took place on a busy street in front of shocked onlookers, some of whom took videos of the attack, and little or no effort was made to prevent it.”

The embassy said it is cooperating with the Italian authorities to ensure justice and provide assistance to the victim’s family.

Ogorchukwu’s wife, Charity Oriachi, told reporters on Friday that she wants justice for her husband. “Italy, don’t leave me alone,” he said.

She told reporters that when she last saw her husband on Friday morning, “I gave him a croissant, I said, ‘Eat this.’ it was necessary, and when I arrived in Civitanova, I saw him lying on the street.”

Francesco Mantella, a lawyer representing Ogorchukwu’s wife Khayriyya, told CNN that Ogorchukwu had been in Italy for about nine years with a regular residence permit and worked as a street vendor.

Ogochukwu became paralyzed after being run over by a car while riding his bicycle last year. He used crutches to help him get around, Mantella said.

I sold small items, lighters and tissue paper, said the lawyer. Every day he traveled from his home in the small village of San Severino Marche to the larger city of Civitanova Marche, hoping to do better.

The mayor of Civitanova Marche announced that the municipality would pay for Ogorchukwu’s funeral, Mantella said, and a fundraiser was launched to help his widow and 8-year-old son.

The killing has shaken the country, where right-wing factions could gain more support in the upcoming elections.

A man draped in an Italian flag four years ago shot dead six African immigrants In a racially motivated attack in Macerata, less than 20 miles from where Ogorchukwu was killed.

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