A Nigerian asylum seeker in Italy has been killed in what is seen as a racist attack.
The incident happened on Wednesday, July 6, as the 36-year-old Chidi and his fiancee, Chinyere, were in a park when a man confronted them, throwing racist taunts at them.
It was gathered that the attacker had insulted the couple by calling them 'African Monkeys', advancing towards the woman, an action that got the victim angry and he rose to defend his girlfriend.
An altercation ensued and the Italian used a ripped-out road-sign pole to hit him repeatedly on the head and he fell to the ground and never regained consciousness.
He later died in a hospital later in the day. According to the report, the late Chidi had been in Italy for eight months and had been living in a shelter run by a Catholic charity, Caritas.
His record showed that he and his girlfriend had fled Nigeria to Italy after Boko Haram insurgents attacked him and his family.
A source in the charity home said:
“A few asylum seekers were hosted at the local Catholic mission, and apparently that town and that area is not new to episodes of intolerance and racism.
The guy who is allegedly responsible is notorious in town for his racist views. According to the local priest who hosts the refugees, he calls every African a monkey.
It is shameful that this has happened in my country.”