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NIDCOM hails as Nigerian on crutches killed in Italy gets justice

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has expressed satisfaction over the justice meted out on Filippo Ferlazzo, an Italian man who killed a Nigerian citizen, Alika Ogorchukwu in Italy.

In a statement issued by Gabriel Odu of Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, NIDCOM, the

Chairman/CEO of the Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, while noting that though the life lost can never be replaced, she applauded the fact that Ferlazzo gets to face the consequences of his actions.

She said: “I am glad that this case finally got justice. Like I always say, there has to be consequences for actions.”

Dabiri-Erewa commended the Nigerian Mission in Rome, for following through with the case and other cases involving Nigerians.

The Convict bagged 24 years jail term on Wednesday for causing the death of a 39-year-old Nigerian man who was on crutches, walking in a Marche coastal city in July 2022.

Ogorchukwu was assaulted on July 29, 2022, in broad daylight as he was hawking. The Ferlazzo beat Ogorchukwu to death using the Nigerian’s crutches in front of several onlookers, who did not intervene. Some of the onlookers, however, recorded videos of the attack using their phones.

Ferlazzo, was arrested on July 30, 2022, on charges of having murdered Ogorchukwu and having stolen the deceased phone.

The Italian Police stated that they believe Ferlazzo attacked Ogorchukwu after he had asked Ferlazzo’s girlfriend to buy a handkerchief at 2 p.m. on the said day in the main central street of Civitanova Marche, Italy. The Nigerian was found dead at the scene by paramedics.

NIDCOM Boss urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to remain law abiding, excel in what they do and never forget home by giving back to homeland.