Shock in Italy over the murder of a Nigerian vendor in the middle of the street

  • Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, was killed while begging in the center of the Italian town of Civitanova Marche

Commotion in Italy over the murder of a Nigerian vendor in the middle of the street

Alika Ogorchukwu, a 39-year-old Nigerian street vendor, was begging in the center of the Italian city of Civitanova Marche when, after a fight with a passer-by, he was murdered in broad daylight. According to the first reconstructions of the events, Ogorchukwu approached to ask for money from a young man, identified as Filippo Claudio Ferlazzo, 32 years old, and this, after refusing him, started a crime. got into a fight and hit him; until death.

The event occurredlast Fridayin the central Umberto I street of Civitanova Marche, considered the tourist port on the Adriatic coast. The attack was recorded on video by several passers-by. In the images it can be seen that during the fight the Italian Several blows to Ogorchukwu until he was thrown to the ground and then he got on top of him until he ended his life .

Ogorchukwu, with a wife and an 8-year-old son, was pronounced dead at the time. The aggressor, Ferlazzo, has already entered prison accused of voluntary manslaughter and robbery, given that he took away the crime. the victim's phone. After what happened, the murderer has asked Ogorchukwu's family for “forgiveness” through his lawyer and alleged that the fight arose because this “insistently begged for alms”and because he grabbed arm in arm with his girlfriend, who was with him at the time and who has already testified as a witness.

The spokesman for the Macerata police force (center), Matteo Luconi explained & gué; that, although the investigation is still open, at the moment there are no elements that allow the crime to be directly attributed to racism, but that “it seems that it arose” when the victim begged for alms.

Public condemnation

The murder of Alika Ogorchukwu has shocked the country. This Saturday many people, including the Nigerian community, gathered today in Civitanova Marche or Ancona to demand justice and criticize the “indifference” of those who attended the crime without intervening.

“The murder of Alika Ogorchukwu is overwhelming. The unprecedented ferocity. The widespread indifference.There can be no justifications and silence is not enough. The ultimate outrage against Alika would be to turn the page and forget”, denounced the leader of the Democratic Party, Enrico Letta.

The Sant'Egidio association, dedicated to the reception of refugees in Italy, lamented these events today and called for “to stop the violence but also the violence that opens the way“. “It is an episode that has occurred in a street usually full of people, in the heart of Civitanova Marche. There are even those who have recorded it, others shouted at the aggressor, but nobody intervened,” denounced the organization.

The acting Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, assured that “the indifference It is as serious and unjustifiable as the violence“. Even the far-right leaders Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni, always critical of immigration, lamented the crime and predicted that “the sentence will be maximum possible” for the aggressor.


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