The murder of Nigerian salesperson Alika Ogorchukwu in broad daylight in the center of Civitanova Marche (Italy) has shocked the country, with criticism of the “negligence” of those who participated in the crime by not intervening.
“The killing of Alika Okorchukwu is shocking. Unheard of cruelty. Widespread negligence. There can be no excuses, silence is not enough. “The last outrage against Alika is to turn the page and forget,” condemned Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta.
Okorchukwu, a 39-year-old Nigerian man with a wife and 8-year-old son, died this Friday afternoon at the hands of Italian Filippo Claudio Ferlazzo, 32, as he was charged with voluntary manslaughter and robbery. He took the victim’s phone
The Nigerian, a street vendor, was attacked by the Italian in the central Umberto I Street of Civitanova Marche, a tourist port on the Adriatic coast, in reaction to a comment he made about his girlfriend, the media reported.
This sparked a brawl in which the Italian struck Okorchukwu several times with the same crutch, knocking him to the ground. It was then laid on him until it ended his life, as seen in videos made by passers-by.
A Nigerian businessman was murdered in the middle of the street in Italy
The association of Sant’Egidio, which is involved in other work on the reception of refugees in Italy, today lamented the events and called “to stop the violence but also to stop the violence that opens the way”.
“This is an episode that took place in the center of the Civitanova March, in a street usually full of people. There are even people who recorded it, others shouted at the aggressor, but no one intervened,” the organization condemned.
“What happened was a wake-up call for our entire country: compassion for the weak, among other positive values, built Italian society and built our culture together with the rest of Europe.” He added.
Acting Health Minister Roberto Speranza assured that “neglect is as serious and inexcusable as violence.”
Even far-right leader Matteo Salvini, who has always criticized immigrants, predicted “the maximum possible punishment” for the aggressor and condemned the violence that, in his opinion, is spreading across the country.
“The problem is that throughout Italy there is violence and crime during the day. It cannot be, but it is happening because of the lack of certainty of punishment,” he opined in the middle of the election campaign for the general election on September 25.
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