Man ar­rested over death of Nige­rian in Italy

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An Ital­ian foot­ball hooli­gan has been ar­rested and charged with mur­der af­ter beat­ing to death a Nige­rian asy­lum seeker who re­acted to racial in­sults against his part­ner, ANSA news agency re­ported Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the La Repub­blica news­pa­per, Em­manuel Chidi Nnamdi, 36, got into a fight on Tues­day af­ter the man called his 24-year-old girl­friend Chinyere a “mon­key.”

He was taken to hos­pi­tal in a co­matose state and de­clared dead on Wed­nes­day in the cen­tral Ital­ian town of Fermo, some 170 kilo­me­tres north-east of Rome, near the Adri­atic coast.

The ac­cused, Amedeo Mancini, is a sup­porter of 4th league team Fer­mana and had been banned from the lo­cal sta­dium be­cause of his vi­o­lent be­hav­iour, ANSA said.

The in­ci­dent led In­te­rior Min­is­ter An­gelino Al­fano to travel to Fermo to chair a meet­ing with lo­cal po­lice.

Al­fano said it was a “day of in­fi­nite sad­ness,” while Prime Min­is­ter Mat­teo Renzi wrote on Twit­ter: “Against ha­tred, racism and vi­o­lence.”

Co­mu­nita di Capo­darco, the Catholic char­ity that was giv­ing shel­ter to the cou­ple, is­sued a state­ment giv­ing a ver­sion pro­vided by Chinyere.

She said the man put his hands on her, trig­ger­ing Nnamdi’s re­ac­tion.

“A fight broke out, a street sign was pulled from the pave­ment, there were heavy blows and one, prob­a­bly fa­tal, hit the young Nige­rian on the back of the neck. Once on the floor ... the young man was hit re­peat­edly,” the Co­mu­nita said.

The cou­ple left Nige­ria to flee from the ter­ror­ist group Boko Haram, their hosts said.

Chinyere trav­elled while preg­nant, but fell ill dur­ing the sea crossing to Si­cily and lost her baby, prob­a­bly as a re­sult of beat­ings suf­fered in Libya, they added.

Fa­ther Vini­cio Al­banesi, who leads the com­mu­nity that shel­tered the cou­ple, said the peo­ple who at­tacked the asy­lum seek­ers were the same who ear­lier this year planted bombs in front of four Catholic churches in Fermo.

The ex­plo­sives did not go off.

“There are small group of peo­ple who clearly think they be­long to the Aryan race,” Al­banesi said, as quoted by Co­mu­nita di Capo­darco.

“They be­long to lo­cal foot­ball fan groups and I think it is the same clique who has put bombs in front of our churches.” (dpa/NAN)

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