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

Italy: Nigerian street vendor killed in broad daylight sparks national outrage
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The broad daylight killing of a Nigerian man on the streets of an Italian seaside town as onlookers watched has sparked outrage and renewed talk of racism and crimes against migrants in the country ahead of elections next month.

Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, was chased and beaten his own crutch and then beaten “to death with his bare hands” while on the ground by the assailant, who also stole his cellphone, Macerata police said.

Video footage of the attack, which took place in the eastern coastal town of Civitanova Marche, was captured by a bystander, but no one was seen physically intervening in any part of the clip.

In the video, a woman can be heard shouting “Stop, stop now” and a man – “You’re killing him”. The footage was published by Italian media after it was shared online.

The incident happened at 2pm on Friday on the main central street of Civitanova Marche, Luconi said. Ogorchukwu was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, the police statement added on Sunday.

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

Italian citizen Filippo Ferrazzo, 32, was arrested for murder and robbery, police said. One of Ferrazzo’s lawyers, Federica Trifolio, told CNN on Monday that his client has psychiatric issues 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 and in front of shocked onlookers, some of whom filmed the attack, with little or no attempt to prevent it.”

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

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

She told reporters that when she last saw her husband on Friday morning, “I gave him a croissant, I told him ‘eat this.’ I gave him the croissant and I haven’t seen him since. Then many people came calling to me, “Your husband, come!” I needed someone with the car and when I arrived in Civitanova I saw him lying on the street.”

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

Ogochukwu was left with a limp after being run over by a car last year while on his bicycle. He uses a crutch to help him get around, Mantella said.

He sold small items, lighters and tissue, the lawyer said. He travels every day from his home in the small village of San Severino Marche to the larger town of Civitanova Marche, hoping to do better business.

The mayor of Civitanova Marche announced that Ogorchukwu’s funeral expenses would be paid for by the municipality, Mantela said, and a fundraiser has been launched to help his widow and their 8-year-old son.

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

Four years ago, a man wrapped in an Italian flag 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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