Filippo Ferlazzo, an Italian man, has finally been sentenced to 24 years in prison for beating Alika Ogorchukwu, a 39-year-old Nigerian man on crutches, to death in July 2022 in a coastal city in Marche, Italy.
Ogorchukwu was assaulted in broad daylight, and Ferlazzo used Ogorchukwu's own crutches to commit the crime while onlookers recorded the incident on their phones. Ferlazzo was arrested the following day on charges of murder and theft of Ogorchukwu's phone.
The Italian police believed the attack occurred because Ogorchukwu had asked Ferlazzo's girlfriend to buy a handkerchief. The incident took place at 2 p.m. on a Friday on the main central street of Civitanova Marche, Italy, and Ogorchukwu was found dead at the scene by paramedics.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), expressed satisfaction with the verdict, emphasizing the importance of consequences for actions.
She commended the Nigerian Mission in Rome for their involvement in this and other cases involving Nigerians and encouraged Nigerians in the Diaspora to excel, remain law-abiding, and contribute to their homeland.