Alika Ogorchukwu, a Nigerian man in Italy, has sadly died after being brutally beaten to death in Civitanova Marche.
He was beaten down by an angry Italian man who apparently got offended after Alika asked his Italian wife to get him a handkerchief.
“Bella, can you buy some handkerchiefs or give me one euro,” he reportedly said to his wife.
This angered an Italian man who grabbed a crutch Alika reportedly uses and beat him to death with it.
The killing went viral on social media as people filmed it as it was happening – none of those filming saw it fit to intervene to prevent the murder.
Police arrested a 32-year-old man from Salerno in the Campania region on suspicion of the murder.
The late Alika Ogorchukwu is a 39-year-old Nigerian street seller in Italy. The murder occurred Friday, July 29th 2022.
Hundreds of people in the Nigerian community in Civitanova Marche plus some Italians protested his passing Saturday.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission published a statement from the Nigerian ambassador to Italy reacting to Alika’s death on Twitter Saturday, July 30th, 2022.
“The attention of the Embassy has been drawn to the brutal murder of Alika Ogorchukwu,” their statement began.
“A 39-year-old Nigerian citizen who was beaten to death by an Italian man on Friday 29th July, 2022, in Civitanova Marche city, located in the Province of Macerata, Marche Region of Italy. The incident occurred on a busy street, in front of shocked onlookers, some of whom made videos of the attack, with little or no attempt to prevent it.
“His Excellency, Ambassador Mfawa Omini Abam has condemned the gruesome murder and has commiserated with Mrs. Charity Oriachi, wife of the deceased and the rest of his family.
“His Excellency has directed the provision of immediate consular assistance as appropriate. The Embassy is currently collaborating with relevant Italian authorities to ensure justice is served and to provide succour to the family of the deceased.” the statement concluded.
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