Alika Ogorchukwu Death – We are extremely devastated to announce the death of Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, a Nigerian man who was beaten to death over a woman by an Italian man in Italy.
Alika Ogorchukwu died after he was beaten to death by an Italian man on the streets of Civitanova Marche city located in the Province of Macerata, Marche Region of Italy.
A statement released by the Nigerian Embassy in Italy says the deceased was assaulted by the Italian man on a busy road in the full glare of passersby, who instead of stopping the fight used their phones to be recording it.
The statement adds that the Nigerian Ambassador to Italy, Mfawa Omini Abam, has condemned the killing. He says the embassy is currently collaborating with relevant Italian authorities to ensure justice is served and to provide succor to the family of the deceased.
The mayor of an Italian town on Saturday condemned the killing of a Nigerian vendor in broad daylight in an apparent dispute over a woman.
Alika O. was beaten and killed in the Adriatic coastal city of Civitanova Marche while onlookers filmed the incident without any apparent attempt to intervene, local media reported.
Mayor Tommaso Claudio Corvatta blasted what he said was a “climate of intolerance” that “has been raging in the city for some time now.”
Alika O. was selling goods at about 2 p.m. local time Friday on the city’s main street when his attacker grabbed a crutch the vendor used to walk and struck him down, police said.
Media reports say the victim had asked the attacker’s girlfriend to buy his scarves. This got the man annoyed.
Video footage of the attack shows the assailant then wrestling the victim to the pavement as the victim fought back.
Eventually, Alika O. was subdued by the weight of his attacker.
Although no passerby tried to physically intervene, the police were called and tried to administer aid to the victim, police chief Matteo Luconi told Italian news channel Sky TG24.
Video footage filmed later shows the victim lying motionless with a white sheet covering his entire body.
Police used street cameras to track the assailant’s movements and later detained him.
He was identified as Filippo F., 32, and was being held on suspicion of murder and theft after being accused of stealing the victim’s phone, as well.
Filippo F.’s girlfriend told the police that her partner had lost his temper because the seller was insistent that they buy something.
Daniel Amanza, who runs the ACSIM association for immigrants in the Marche region’s Macerata province, said the victim had called the attacker’s girlfriend “bella,” the Italian word for “beautiful.”
“This compliment killed him,” Amanza told The Associated Press news agency. “The tragic fact is that there were many people nearby. They filmed, saying ‘stop,’ but no one moved to separate them.”