A Nigerian man, Alika Ogochukwu, has been killed with a crutch in Corso Umberto in Civitanova Marche, Italy.
Police Ambulance services tried to revive Ogochukwu but failed as he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident happened around 2pm on 29 July, on the street, in the glare of passers-by who stood and watched as a 32-year-old Italian from Campania sniffed the life out of him.
Mr Alika Ogochukwu, who would be 40 in November, lived in San Severino March with his family but travelled to the coast, Civitanova, where he engaged in street begging.
According to sources Ogochukwu had an accident a few months back and was disabled. His attacker used the crutch he supported himself with to murder him.
The problem started, according to unverified information, after Ogochukwu allegedly talked with a woman who was in the company of the 32-year-old Italian.
A Nigerian resident, Festus Elemwonbo, an incoming vice President of Nigerian Union Ancona, told Standard Gazette, “it happened close to my house. He is a disabled man who had an accident some time ago. In Italy, if you don’t have a job, you do “Shoroti”, so he was doing that on the street. I heard he argued with the Italian guy, which led to the fight.”
His body remained on the ground, on the sidewalk, in front of the shops, in front of passers-by, covered in a white sheet by the police.
The attacker was arrested as the police team led by Claudio Rastrelli arrived at the scene.
“The murder of Alika Ogorchukwu is dismaying,’’ Enrico Letta, the head of the left-wing Democratic Party, wrote on Twitter, naming the vendor who died Friday. “Unheard of ferocity. Widespread indifference. There can be no justification.”
Ogorchukwu, 39, was selling goods midday Friday on the main street of Civitanova Marche, a beach town on the Adriatic Sea coast, when the aggressor grabbed a crutch the vendor used to walk and struck him down, according to police.
Video shows the assailant then wrestling the victim to the pavement as the victim fought back, eventually subduing Ogorchukwu with the weight of his body.
Police chief Matteo Luconi told Italian news channel Sky TG24 that onlookers called police, who responded to the scene after a suspect had fled and attempted to administer aid to the victim. It was not clear if he died at the scene.
Police used street cameras to track the assailant’s movements and detained a man identified as Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo, 32.
Ferlazzo was being held on suspicion of murder and theft, the latter for allegedly taking the victim’s phone when he fled.
Luconi told Sky TG24 the assailant lashed out after the vendor made “insistent” requests for pocket change. Police were questioning witnesses and have taken into evidence videos of the attack. They said the suspect has made no statements.
The Nigerian embassy has been informed and is yet to make an official statement.
His wife, Vero C Severino is also yet to react.
Also commenting on the unfortunate inscident, Italian politician, Marco Furfaro, via his verified Facebook page states;
Nessuno è intervenuto.
Nessuno lo ha bloccato.
Nessuno ha fatto nulla per fermare quello che stava accadendo davanti ai loro occhi.
E così, a Civitanova Marche, Alika Ogochukwu è stato prima colpito con la sua stessa stampella, più e più volte. Poi è stato schiacciato. Infine è stato strangolato, fino a morire.
La sua colpa? Aver chiesto l’elemosina. Perché quei fazzoletti che vendeva per strada non bastavano a sfamare sua moglie e suo figlio.
E nessuno ha fatto nulla, se non premer “clic.
Nessuno ha fatto nulla, se non registrare l’omicidio di quell’uomo in diretta. Magari per caricarlo su Instagram, Whatsapp o TikTok.
Ma cosa sarebbe accaduto se i colori delle pelli fossero stati invertiti?
Davvero avremmo assistito all’imbarazzante silenzio di certa politica?
Negli ultimi 7 giorni, Matteo Salvini, solo su Instagram, ha dedicato 13 post contro i migranti. Fratelli d’Italia, invece, 7. Notizie di sbarchi o fatti di cronaca nera compiuti da cittadini di origine straniera: come se la criminalità dipendesse dalle origini, dal colore della propria pelle.
Perché, vedete, l’odio non nasce dal nulla o per caso. L’odio nasce perché viene creato e costruito da politici senza scrupoli che ci costruiscono su la propria carriera.
E le conseguenze sono sotto i nostri occhi.
Addio, Alika. Un abbraccio a tua moglie, Charity, e a tuo figlio Emmanuel.
Direct from Google Translate;
Nobody blocked him.
Nobody did anything to stop what was happening before their eyes.
And so, in Civitanova Marche, Alika Ogochukwu was first hit with his own crutch, over and over again. Then it was crushed. Finally he was strangled until he died.
His fault? Having asked for alms. Because those handkerchiefs he sold on the street weren’t enough to feed his wife and son.
And no one has done anything except hit “click.
No one has done anything but record the murder of that man live. Maybe to upload it to Instagram, Whatsapp or TikTok.
But what would have happened if the colors of the skins were reversed?
Would we really have witnessed the embarrassing silence of a certain politics?
In the last 7 days, Matteo Salvini, only on Instagram, has dedicated 13 posts against migrants. Brothers of Italy, on the other hand, 7. News of landings or crime events made by citizens of foreign origin: as if crime depended on their origins, on the color of their skin.
Because, you see, hatred does not come out of nowhere or by chance. Hate arises because it is created and built by unscrupulous politicians who build their careers on it.
And the consequences are under our eyes.
Farewell, Alika. A hug to your wife, Charity, and your son Emmanuel.
Macerata was the site of a 2018 shooting spree targeting African immigrants that injured six. Luca Traini, 31, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the shootings, which Italy’s highest court confirmed qualified as a hate crime.