Alika Ogochukwu, a 39-yr-old Nigerian man based in Italy has been recorded in a horrific moment he was beaten to death by an Italian man, identified as Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo.
Ogochukwu, a father-of-two and a street trader was attacked by Ferlazzo, a ‘male customer’ in a broad daylight in Civitanova Marche’s busy town centre, a beach town on the Adriatic Sea, on Friday.
Confirming the murder incident, Police in Italy said they have arrested Ferlazzo, 32, following the death of Ogochukwu whose brutal murder was filmed by onlookers who made no attempt to physically intervene.
Police used street cameras to track Ferlazzo’s movements and arrested him on Saturday on charges of murder and allegedly stealing the victim’s mobile phone, local agency ANSA said.
Local media have also, reported that Ferlazzo is currently being held in the Montacuto prison in Ancona. It is claimed he will not be charged with racism.
“The situation is quite clear, everything seems to have emerged from a dispute over frivolous reasons, not racism”, said Matteo Luconi, one of the investigators.
Alika, a physically challenged man, was said have been selling goods when his attacker grabbed his crutch and struck him down with a series of blows, according to police.
The horrific video which has gone viral on social media shows Ferlazzo wrestling the victim onto his back on the floor as he fought back and climbing on top of Alika in an attempt to pin him to the ground.
Alika’s wife, Charity Oriachi, said: ‘Now I just want justice for my husband’, during a protest at the murder scene on Saturday.
Alika, who was married with two children, resorted to selling goods on the street after he was struck by a car and lost his job as a labourer due to his injuries.
Meanwhile, Police say they were questioning witnesses and viewing videos of the attack. Adding that the suspect has made no statement.
Watch the video below!
#Alika non è morto per una questione razziale, ma perché nessuno è intervenuto ad aiutarlo.
Se invece che parlare, filmare, qualcuno fosse intervenuto, oggi Alika sarebbe vivo.
Se anche Alika fosse stato bianco, sarebbe morto comunque.
L'indifferenza uccide.#civitanova pic.twitter.com/rpXarkfvvZ
— saverio giangregorio (@saveriolakadima) July 30, 2022