A MAN has been arrested after a Nigerian street vendor was brutally murdered in a busy seaside town in Italy.
The gruesome murder was filmed by onlookers who seemed to do nothing to intervene when migrant Alika Ogorchukwu was beaten to death in broad daylight.
Shocking footage of Friday’s attack shows the married father of two being pushed to the ground by another man.
Alika, 39, was selling goods on a street in the seaside town of Civitanova Marche when someone grabbed his crutch and beat him after exchanging words, police say.
Video shows the attacker Alika struggling on his back on the sidewalk as he tried to fight back.
Daniel Amanza, who runs the ACSIM association for immigrants in the area, claimed the attacker became enraged when Alika told the man’s partner that she was “beautiful”.
Alika reportedly said, “Bella, can you buy some handkerchiefs or give me a dollar.”
Police investigator Matteo Luconi said: “The aggressor went after the victim and first hit him with a crutch.
“He dropped it to the ground, then ended up causing death, beating repeatedly with his bare hands.”
Bystanders called 911 after the attacker fled the scene and took Alika’s phone.
An autopsy will reveal whether death was provoked by beatings, asphyxiation, or some other cause.
Luconi said the attacker lashed out after the seller pressed for change.
Police arrested a 32-year-old Italian man, identified as Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo, after using cameras to track his movements.
He was held on suspicion of murder and theft for allegedly stealing the victim’s phone.
Police questioned witnesses and viewed videos of the attack. They said the suspect has not made a statement.
Amanza said: “The tragic fact is that there were a lot of people around.
“They filmed and said stop, but no one moved to break them up.”
The horror murder has been widely condemned in Italy.
Enrico Letta, a former prime minister and the head of the left-wing Democratic Party, said: “The assassination of Alika Ogorchukwu is mind-boggling.
“Unheard of cruelty. Widespread indifference. There can be no justification.”
The mayor of Civitanova Marche, Fabrizio Ciarapica, met with members of the Nigerian community on Saturday after hundreds of demonstrations.
He said: “My condemnation is not only for the (crime) but also for the indifference.
“This is something that has shocked the citizens.”