Renzi condemns murder of Nigerian asylum seeker

Outrage in Italy over hate-attack murder of asylum seeker.

Italian premier Matteo Renzi has condemned the murder of Nigerian asylum seeker Emmanuel Chidi Namdi who was beaten to death in a hate attack by an Italian "ultra" right-wing football fan in the usually quiet town of Fermo not far from Macerata in the Marche.

Italy's interior minister Angelino Alfano travelled to Fermo on 7 July to attend a meeting of the ministry's National Committee for Public Safety (CNOSP), following the arrest of Amedeo Mancini in connection with the racially-motivated attack on 5 July.

Investigators say that the 36-year-old Namdi was defending his wife Chinyery after Mancini called her an "African monkey". In the ensuing fight the 35-year-old Mancini punched Namdi who fell to the ground, hitting his head, and falling into an irreversible coma. He died in hospital the next day.

Namdi and his wife had been living at a seminary in Fermo since September after fleeing Nigeria to escape violence from Islamist militant group Boko Haram.