Italian police arrested a man on charges of brutal street murder which was filmed by the audience as no one intervened. world News

Italian police have arrested a man in connection with the brutal murder of a Nigerian street-seller, an attack that was filmed by onlookers in broad daylight without any apparent attempt to interfere.

Video footage of the attack on Alika Ogorchuku, a disabled person, has been widely circulated on Italian news websites and social media platforms.

Police said people could be heard saying “wait” but no attempt was made to separate the pair.

The victim’s wife, Charity Oriachi, said: “I want justice for my husband, that’s what I want. Because it’s too much, too much pain for me.”

Charity Oriachi, the wife of Nigerian street vendor Alika Ogorchukwu, cries on Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Civitanova Marche, Italy, where her husband is believed to have been murdered.  (AP Photo/Chiara Gabrielli)
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Charity Oriyachi, wife of Nigerian street vendor Alika Ogorchukwu, cries where her husband was killed

His death has sparked outrage as Italy entered its parliamentary election campaign, in which the right-wing coalition has already made immigration an issue.

Left Democratic Party chief Enrico Letta took to Twitter to name the vendor who died on Friday, writing: “The killing of Alika Ogorchuku is disappointing.”

“Brutal unheard. Pervasive indifference. There can be no justification.”

Police have detained 32-year-old Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazo, who was tracked using street cameras after the vicious attack.

He is being held on suspicion of murder and theft, with the latter allegedly taking the victim’s phone when he fled.

According to police, Mr. Ogorchukuv, 39, was selling goods on the main street of the beach town of Sivitanova Marche on the Adriatic Sea coast on Friday afternoon when an Italian man grabbed a crutch and killed a street vendor. ,

Footage shows him being wrestled to the ground, despite efforts to fight him back.

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Police chief Matteo Luconi told Italian news channel Sky TG24 that viewers called police, who responded to the scene after a suspect fled and attempted to aid the victim. It is not clear whether he died on the spot or not.

The post-mortem will reveal how he died.

A woman looks at the flower where Nigerian street vendor Alika Ogorchukwu has been murdered, in Civitanova Marche, Italy, Saturday, July 30, 2022.  (AP Photo/Chiara Gabrielli)
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A woman looks at the flower where Nigerian street vendor Alika Ogorchuku was killed

‘Praise Who Killed Him’

Luconi told Sky TG24 that the attacker assaulted after the seller made a “mandatory” request for a pocket change. The police are interrogating the eyewitnesses and have seized the video as evidence of the attack. He said the suspect has not given any statement.

Mr. Ogorchukwu, who was married with two children, resorted to selling goods on the street after being hit by a car and losing his job as a laborer due to injuries.

Daniel Amanza, who runs the ACSIM association for immigrants in the Macerata province of the Marche region, said the accident left him paralyzed, and needed crutches.

Mr Amanza claimed that when Mr Ogorchukwu told the man’s partner that he was beautiful, the attacker became furious.

People protest where Nigerian street vendor Alika Ogorchuku is murdered, in Civitanova Marche, Italy, Saturday, July 30, 2022.  (AP Photo/Chiara Gabrielli)
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People protest where Nigerian street vendor was killed

“This compliment killed him,” Mr Amanza told the Associated Press.

“The sad fact is that there were many people around. They filmed saying ‘Wait,’ but no one went to tear them apart,” Mr. Amanza said.