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Outrage as Italian man brutally beats Nigerian vendor to death

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The police in Italy have arrested a 32-year-old man, Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo, after he brutally beat a Nigerian vendor to death on a busy beach town while onlookers filmed the attack with little or no attempt to stop the fight.

According to police investigator, Matteo Luconi who addressed a press conference on Saturday, the incident happened on Friday when the physically challenged Nigerian, Alika
Ogorchukwu, 39, was selling his goods on the main street of Civitanova Marche, a beach town on the Adriatic Sea.

Luconi said Ferlazzo who was Ogorchukwu’s customer, attacked the Nigerian for allegedly telling his female companion that she was beautiful.

According to the police, video footage showed the assailant wrestling the victim onto his back on the pavement as he fought back and eventually subduing Ogorchukwu with the weight of his body.

“The aggressor went after the victim, first hitting him with a crutch. He made him fall to the ground, then he finished, causing the death, striking repeatedly with his bare hands,″ Luconi.

He said the police used street cameras to track the Ferlazzo’s movements and is being held on suspicion of murder and theft for allegedly taking the victim’s phone.

According to a Nigerian who lives in the Macerata province where the incident happened, Ogorchukwu who was married with two children, resorted to selling goods on the street after he was struck by a car and lost his job as a laborer due to his injuries.

The video footage of the fatal attack being widely circulated on Italian news websites and social media, has elicited outrage and and anger with Italian MPs raising concerns over the welfare of foreigners as the country prepares for parliamentary election campaigns.

A former premier and head of the left-wing Democratic Party, Enrico Letta wrote on Twitter condemning the murder of the Nigerian.

“The murder of Alika Ogorchukwu is dismaying. Unheard of ferocity. Widespread indifference. There can be no justification.”

Right-wing leader, Matteo Salvini, also took to Twitter to condemn the act saying “security has no color and … needs to return to being a right.”

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Sierra Leone: Parliament passes law to protect locals from land grabs

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The parliament in Sierra Leone has passed two laws that is widely believed will boost the rights of rural landowners and women.

The Customary Land Rights Act and the Land Commission Act, both enacted on Monday, will protect against land grabs by big mining and agribusiness firms.

The new laws empower local landowners to negotiate the value of their land with investors and prevent it being leased out without their express consent.

An official of international legal advocacy group, Namati, Eleanor Thompson, said “to our knowledge there is not a legal regime anywhere, in either hemisphere that grants such robust rights to communities facing harm.”

The move is also praised by Gerben Haringsma who is the director of SOCFIN, the biggest agribusiness company in Sierra Leone, called it a “dream of NGOs”.

“Certainly, it will block any investment… It makes things very expensive and we are all prone to enormous blackmail by various communities.” Haringsma remarked.

Sierra Leone has a history of sometimes deadly conflict between local communities and foreign companies that have cleared huge tracts of land for palm oil and sugarcane plantations in recent years.

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Nigerian army arrests suspects of Catholic church killings in Owo

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Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor has revealed that the country has arrested suspects in an Islamist militant attack in a Catholic church that killed 40 people two months ago.

General Irabor made the revelation on Tuesday. He said that the attackers were arrested during joint operations involving the armed forces, the Department of Security Services and police.

According to a statement by the Defence Chief, the suspects could not be paraded in he intended for the sake of the ongoing investigation.

“It was my intention to present them to the public, but because of the investigation still going on, I had to change my mind,” Irabo said.

“I will like to say that in due course, the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country.”

Scores were killed after suspected terrorists attacked St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owo Ondo State as service got underway at the main community parish.

Despite being one of the major campaign promises of president Muhammadu Buhari, Terrorist activities have taken an upward trend in Nigeria since the deadly Boko Haram sect based in North-Eastern Nigeria, which is also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon was founded in 2002.

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