The partner of Emmanuel Chidi Namdi who was beaten to death by a football fan outside the Italian refuge where he was staying, has been granted asylum by the Italian government.
According to UK Guardian, Italy’s interior ministry announced on Friday that Chinyere had been given asylum, and the country is debating how society and lawmakers should respond to racism.
Namdi was brutally beaten on the head with a steel bar until he became unconscious after an altercation ensued between him and a supporter of a local football club.
It was reported that the fan had called Namdi and his partner, Chinyere “monkeys” as they were taking a walk in the heart of the small town of Paolo Calcinora on Tuesday.
Speaking at a vigil for her husband, Chinyere said her life had been destroyed. “God, where are you? Why do you leave me in this wicked world without Emmanuel? It’s very painful for me to stay,” she said.
The suspected killer, Amedeo Mancini, 39 has been arrested. His lawyer, Francesco De Minicis, said Mancini is pained and regretful about the incident.
“He said that he’s not a rascist. He’s a very simple guy. He’s not studied … He’s not a well-off person,” Minicis added.