Civitanova Marche: 'Justice for Alika Ogorchukwu' as Nigerians march

ITALY - Civitanova Marche experienced an unusual crowd on Saturday after Nigerians all over Italy came together to protest the killing of Alika Ogorchukwu. 

Flowers placed at the scene where Alika was killed
Flowers placed at the scene where Alika was killed

Ogorchukwu was murdered on Corso Umberto street in broad daylight on July 29 2022, while tourists and residents watched and took pictures for the internet sensation.

The disabled 39-year-old Nigerian was murdered by an angry Italian, a 32-year-old Filippo Ferlazzo from Salerno, who had since been arrested and remains in custody.

Nigerians, carrying a placard with the inscription "we all have the right to be alive. Justice for Alika," took to the street for the second time on Saturday, August 06, to demand justice. 

The coordinated protests, which were meant to be an anti-racism protests, garnered supporters from Nigerians across Italy and Italian sympathizers.

The crowd, up to 500 people, started in front of the Civitanova Marche stadium, with Alika's family at the forefront.

Alika's wife, Charity Oriakhi, said, "my husband was a good and calm person with everyone; he played and greeted everyone. I want justice for my husband," as she wept and placed a flower at the scene of the crime.

Nigerian Protesters marching in Civitanova Marshe over the killing of Alika Ogorchukwu
Nigerian Protesters marching in Civitanova Marshe over the killing of Alika Ogorchukwu

Charity was in company with Alika's two brothers and the family lawyer, Francesco Mantella. 

Protesters moved to the Municipality of Civitanova, where the mayor Fabrizio Ciarapica met with them as many inscriptions of "we want justice" and "love your neighbour as yourself" were displayed.

A portrait picture of Alika was seen at the venue as many wore a customized t-shirt with an inscription "Justice for Alika" on the back.

Sammy Kunoun, a representative of the Nigerian community who was also at the venue, said, "it is a nice gesture," referring to the number of supporters across Italy. 

The protesters were members of various associations and organizations in Italy - Members of the non-partisan committee, Italian anti-racist coordination and Italians who showed solidarity with Alika's family.

Addressing the crowd, the town mayor, Fabrizio Ciarapica and the deputy who joined the parade, said We reiterate that Civitanova Marche is not a racist city, much less indifferent or insensitive and that the gesture of a person cannot be linked to our community which has always been welcoming, hospitable and open and has always worked for peaceful coexistence".

"The event unites many ethnic groups, especially the Italian community, under a single flag which is that of peace: - affirms Ciarapica - today we condemn every act of violence, this atrocious fact that has taken place. We reiterate that Civitanova Marche is not a racist city, much less indifferent or insensitive, and the gesture of a person cannot be associated with our community which has always been welcoming, hospitable and open and has always worked for peaceful coexistence," an Italian media, La Republica quotes.

"We immediately took action, from the following day, by setting up a fund to give immediate help to Alika's family - remembers the mayor, responding to reporters on the sidelines of the event - to allow the payment of funeral expenses; at the same time, we are working with the Municipality of San Severino Marche (where the family of the 39-year-old who was killed resides, ed) to implement actions in order to give prolonged help over time. Let's not forget Alika, her family and her son Emmanuel".

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