The Nigerian Embassy in Rome, Italy, has confirmed that a 39-year-old Nigerian, Alika Ogorchukwu, has been beaten to death by an Italian man in Civitanova Marche city.
The incident happened on Friday in Civitanova Marche city, located in the Province of Macerata, Marche Region of Italy.
The death of Ogorchukwu, who was attacked in broad daylight sparked outrage in central city.
The assault was captured on video.The recording, reportedly made by onlookers without any attempt to intervene, shows the victim being held to the ground by a white man.
A 32-year-old Italian has been arrested on suspicion of murder and robbery.
Explaining what transpired, the embassy in a statement described the incident as a “brutal murder,” adding that all hands would be on deck to ensure justice prevail in the matter.
“The attention of the Embassy has been drawn to the brutal murder of Alika Ogorchukwu. A 39-year-old Nigerian citizen who was beaten to death by an Italian man on Friday 29th July, 2022, in Civitanova Marche city, located in the Province of Macerata, Marche Region of Italy.
“The incident occurred on a busy street, in front of shocked onlookers. Some of whom made videos of the attack, with little or no attempt to prevent it.
“His Excellency, Ambassador Mfawa Omini Abam has condemned the gruesome murder and has commiserated with Mrs. Charity Oriachi, wife of the deceased, and the rest of his family.
“His Excellency has directed the provision of immediate consular assistance as appropriate. The Embassy is currently collaborating with relevant Italian authorities to ensure justice is served and to provide succour to the family of the deceased.
“Ambassador Abam wishes to enjoin members of the Nigerian community in Italy to remain calm and to refrain from taking laws into their hands.
“His Excellency wishes to reassure Nigerians in Italy that citizen diplomacy remained the key thrust of his administration and will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all Nigerians in Italy receive timely, efficient, and professional consular services,” the statement read.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) also confirmed the development in a tweet on Saturday.
“39-year-old Nigerian citizen was beaten to death by an Italian man on Friday 29th July 2022, in Civitanova Marche city, located in the Province of Macerata, Marche Region of Italy,” NIDCOM wrote.