Wednesday, July 6, recorded the death of a Nigerian Migrant who was beaten to death after being attacked in the city of Fermo, situated in a central region of Marche in Italy.
The young man identified as Emmanuel Chidi Nnamdi, 36, was reportedly walking with his girlfriend in the heart of the small town, when an unnamed violent football fan attacked him with a ripped out road sign pole in a racial abuse.
The so-called violent football fan had first insulted Nnamdi’s partner, simply identified as Chinyere, calling her an “African monkey” and while trying to defend his 24-year-old partner, Nigerian migrant Nnamdi was beaten to a state of irreversible coma which eventually left him dead.
Reports say the town and area is not new to episodes of intolerance and racism. The Police has arrested the 40-year-old attacker who is allegedly notorious in town for his racist views.
The town’s mayor in his reaction said;
“As mayor of a town that is welcoming and open to integration, I feel I’m living in a nightmare.”
Nnamdi had fled Nigeria with his partner in September for fear of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East. He had been living in the area for eight months and was lodged in a shelter run by Catholic charity Caritas. His partner had lost her baby after a perilous Mediterranean crossing.
A local priest, Father Vinicio Albanesi, had said that the attack was probably connected to four bombs recently planted outside Fermo churches that have worked with migrants.
It was said that the bombs, which caused little damage and did not injure anyone, were left outside the churches between February and May. The churches are said to be run by priests who are socially active in helping migrants, drug addicts, the homeless and marginalised.
Last week, the Italian interior ministry said that a total of 70,930 people landed in Italy between January and June — almost exactly the same number as the same period in 2015 and only slightly higher than in 2014. The full-year total of migrant arrivals for 2015 was 153,000.