The killing of a Nigerian man named Alika Ogorchukwu in broad daylight on the streets of an Italian seaside town while onlookers looked on has sparked outrage and reignited debate in the country ahead of elections next month.
According to Macerata police, the attacker beat Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, to death while he was on the ground after chasing him, hitting him with his own crutch, and stealing his cell phone.
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A witness who witnessed the incident in the eastern seaside town of Civitanova Marche recorded video of it, but at one point, no one could be seen physically stepping in to stop it.
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In the footage, a man can be heard yelling, “You are killing him,” while a lady can be heard screaming, “Stop, stop immediately.” Italian media released the video after it was circulated online.
According to Luconi, the event happened on Friday at 2 p.m. on Civitanova Marche’s main central street. Paramedics arrived at the scene and discovered Ogorchukwu dead, according to the police statement from Sunday.
Who Killed Alika Ogorchukwu?
The assassination “was not racially motivated,” Macerata police officer Matteo Luconi told CNN on Monday, adding a police statement on Sunday that said it was probably because of “petty reasons.”
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Italian national Filippo Ferlazzo, 32, has been detained on murder and robbery charges, according to the police. Federica Trifoglio, one of Ferlazzo’s attorneys, told CNN on Monday that his client has psychiatric problems and that they want to submit a psychiatric assessment.
The Nigerian embassy in Rome stated its condemnation of the killing: “the incident occurred on a busy street and infront of shocked onlookers, some of whom made videos of the attack, with little or no attempt to prevent it.”
Alika Ogorchukwu Wife
Charity Oriachi, Ogorchukwu’s wife, told reporters on Friday that she sought justice for her husband. She said: “Italy, don’t leave me alone,”
Journalists informed her that she last saw her husband on Friday morning. She said: “I gave him a croissant, I told him ‘eat this’. I gave him the croissant and haven’t seen him since. Then many people came to call me: ‘Your husband, come!’ I needed someone with the car and when I arrived in Civitanova I saw him lying down on the street.”
Alika Ogorchukwu Funeral
Mantella said that fundraising has begun to aid Ogorchukwu’s widow and their 8-year-old boy. The mayor of Civitanova Marche has announced that the town will cover the costs of the deceased’s funeral.
The murder has shaken the nation, as right-wing factions might draw more voters in the approaching elections.