An Italian man has been detained in connection with the death of a Nigerian street vendor, whose violent beating death on a major beach town highway was captured on video by bystanders with no apparent attempt to intervene physically.
The attack’s video footage has gone viral on Italian news websites and social media, provoking fury as Italy prepares for parliamentary elections in which the right-wing alliance has already made immigration a point of contention.
Right-wing leader Matteo Salvini, who has made security a centerpiece of his campaign, also voiced outrage over the killing, stating that “security has no color and… must return to being a right.”
“The murder of Alika Ogorchukwu is dismaying,’’ Enrico Letta, a former prime minister and the head of the left-wing Democratic Party, wrote Saturday on Twitter, naming the vendor who died Friday. “Unheard of ferocity. Widespread indifference. There can be no justification.”
“The aggressor went after the victim, first hitting him with a crutch. He made him fall to the ground, then he finished, causing the death, striking repeatedly with his bare hands,” police investigator Matteo Luconi told a news conference.
According to authorities, Ogorchukwu, 39, was selling products on the main street of Civitanova Marche, a coastal resort on the Adriatic Sea, on Friday when his attacker snatched the vendor’s crutch and struck him down. The assailant was seen pulling the victim onto his back on the sidewalk as he fought back, eventually subduing Ogorchukwu with his full weight.
He later informed Sky TG24, an Italian news program, that spectators alerted police, who responded after the culprit departed and attempted to help the victim. An autopsy will reveal whether the death was caused by blows, suffocation, or some other factor.
Police used surveillance cameras to monitor the assailant’s activities and apprehended Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo, 32.
According to uconi, the assailant retaliated after the seller made “consistent” requests for pocket change. Police were questioning witnesses and watching surveillance footage of the attack. According to them, the suspect has not made any statements.
Ogorchukwu, who was married with two children, resorted to street selling after being hit by a car and losing his work as a laborer as a result of his injuries, according to Daniel Amanza, who manages the ACSIM organisation for immigrants in the Marche region’s Macerata province.