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They said goodbye early in the morning, at the San Severino Marche station, where she works as a cleaner. “I’ll have a croissant,” she had told him, handing it to him and worrying that her husband ate it. It was the last gesture of love by Charity Oriachi, the wife of Alika Ogorchukwu, the Nigerian killed yesterday by an Italian along the Civitanova course. He had to take the train to reach the coast. It was their last meeting. Some acquaintances then warned her about her tragedy by telephone and she was taken by car to Civitanova Marche “Now I just want justice for my husband” she said crying. Charity Oriachi herself told it today, in her square, in front of the Municipality of Civitanova Marche during the protest of the Nigerian community for the murder of her husband Alika.

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It was supposed to be a garrison to remember the victim, but it turned into a real protest even with a traffic blockade, done several times. The Nigerian community took to the streets this morning, in Civitanova Marche, expressing anger at the death of their compatriot, Alika Ogorchukwu, 39, killed yesterday afternoon in the center by Fiilippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo, because he insisted on begging. Along Corso Umberto I, the place where the murder took place, a hundred people shouted “justice, justice” showing a photo of the dead man and one of the violent assault. Together with them were the victim’s wife, with their child, and a granddaughter, as well as several Italian citizens. Some Nigerians took it out on the leader of the League Matteo Salvini and his battle against immigrants. “Get out, Salvini – they shouted – get out now, you who don’t want immigrants, get out, get out”. The area was manned by the police for the entire duration of the demonstration which had not been authorized and was born spontaneously. The demonstrators blocked the traffic along the course and did not even let the firefighters go by with a siren. The police had to intervene to allow the passage of emergency vehicles. Moments of tension when two people, on foot, railed against the protest. The wave of the crowd ran after them, someone shouted “racists”. From the protesters also anger at the “indifference of the citizens”, which had not intervened while the aggressor yesterday finished Alika barehanded. “I want to look into this man, and ask him why he killed a family man. I want justice for my husband, I want justice because he left me alone” the phrases repeated like a mantra by the victim’s wife, Charity Oriachi, present to the garrison. The couple said goodbye early in the morning, at the San Severino Marche station, where she works as a cleaner. “Get a croissant,” she had told him, handing it to him and worrying that her husband ate it. It was Charity’s latest gesture of love. He had to take the train to reach the coast. In Corso Umberto I, flowers were placed where Alika died and several notes. In one it was written “stop racism”, in another “I am ashamed for who did this to you” and in yet another “let’s ask ourselves where humanity has gone”. A delegation of Nigerians and Charity were received by the mayor Fabrizio Ciarapica who offered, as a Municipality, to pay for Alika’s funeral.

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Source: Ansa

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