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JUST IN: Italy-based Nigerian street vendor died from suffocation- FG

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As wife and relatives of a deceased Nigerian based in Italy, Alika Ogorchukwu, await prosecution of the suspected killer, Claudio Ferlazzo, the Federal Government has disclosed that the 39-year-old businessman died from suffocation suffered during the attack that claimed his life.

The central government said that the cause of Alika’s death was revealed by the autopsy report conducted by the Italian authorities to determine the circumstances surrounding murder of the physically-challenged entrepreneur in Civitanova Marche city in the Province of Macerata, Marche region.

The Chairman, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who revealed results of the autopsy conducted on Thursday, said that the result indicated that the man was allegedly killed.

While disclosing the contents of the autopsy during an interview on a popular television programme, Dabiri-Erewa stated that the deceased personal lawyer had already been informed of the outcome, in other to assist in prosecuting the suspects.

She noted that the involvement of his personal lawyer by the federal government through the embassy was to prevent the involvement of many people as well as duplication of cases.

The chairman explained that the government has approved his personal lawyer, who had been handling another case on compensation for him after the deceased was knocked down by a vehicle, a development that made him become physically challenged.

According to her, the central government through the embassy has been meeting the Italian authorities to ensure the family of the deceased businessman gets justice and the incident serves as a deterrent to others planning to embark on such in the country.

It would be recalled that Ogorchukwu’s death was followed by a wave of protests across Italy, particularly Nigerians, alleging that racist abuse against non-Italians had resulted in many deaths.

As learnt, the deceased businessman was attacked at his stall by a 32-year-old man from Salerno, who grabbed the vendor’s crutch and struck him down. He wrestled the supine victim in broad daylight with several surveillance cameras recording.

The suspect, Ferlazzo, was said to have been arrested by the Italian police based on the camera footage obtained from the community as well as based on suspicion of murder and theft of the victim’s phone.

Police investigator Matteo Luconi said the attacker repeatedly struck the Nigerian with his bare hands, causing his death at his business premises.

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 said.

The head of the association for immigrants in the Marche region’s Macerata province (ACSIM), Daniel Amanza, disclosed that Ogorchukwu was married with two children.

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