Police have arrested an Italian man in the slaying of a Nigerian vendor whose brutal beating was filmed by onlookers without any apparent attempt to intervene physically.
Enrico Letta, a former prime minister and the head of the left-wing Democratic Party said on Saturday; “The murder of Alika Ogorchukwu is dismaying. Unheard of ferocity. Widespread indifference. There can be no justification.”
Right-wing leader Matteo Salvini also expressed outrage over the death, saying: “Security has no colour and needs to return to being a right.”
Aljazeera added that Ogorchukwu was selling goods on the main street of Civitanova Marche, a beach town on the Adriatic Sea when his attacker grabbed the vendor’s crutch and struck him down.
Police investigator Matteo Luconi said; “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."
He added that Police used street cameras to track the assailant’s movements and detained a man identified as Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo.
He is being held on suspicion of murder and theft for allegedly taking the victim’s phone.