Fatal attack on Nigerian immigrant in broad daylight shocks Italians

Alika Ogorchukwu.
Alika Ogorchukwu. Photo credit: Twitter / @nidcom_gov

The brutal death of a migrant who was attacked in broad daylight in Italy and reportedly filmed by onlookers has sparked outrage.

Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, a Nigerian street trader, was killed in the central Italian coastal town of Civitanova Marche on Friday afternoon, the BBC reported, and a 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and robbery.

Ogorchukwu was selling goods on Friday on the main street when his attacker grabbed his crutch and struck him down, police said. 

Some witnesses filmed the attack but reportedly didn't make any attempt to intervene physically. 

"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 said during a press conference.

He later said that onlookers called police, who responded after the suspect fled.

Police used CCTV cameras to track the attacker and arrested 32-year-old Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo.

Civitanova Marche's mayor, Fabrizio Ciarapica, met with people from the Nigerian community after hundreds protested on Saturday to demand justice.

"My condemnation is not only for the crime but it is also for the indifference," he told local news outlet Sky TG24.

"This is something that has shocked citizens."

The attack was also condemned by Italian politicians.

Enrico Letta, the leader of the Democratic Party, said what happened was "dismaying".

"Unheard of ferocity. Widespread indifference. There can be no justification," he wrote in a tweet.