The Nigerian mafia has gotten out of control in the Italian city of Padua, and the municipal government is now attempting to deal with the problem.
The accompanying article from Il Giornale, also translated by FouseSquawk:
Drug dealing, robbery and aggressions: Nigerians terrorize Padua [Padova]
Once again we talk about the Nigerian mafia: In less than 24 hours double episodes of degradation in the city center, and always on via Diego Valeri
There is no peace for the residents of the center of Padua, particularly for the immediate vicinity of via Diego Valeri, a road bordering the area occupied by the former gas facility, which has become for some time a meeting place for loiterers and drug addicts.
Taking up always new space recently in the local news are criminal foreigners, in particular of Nigerian nationality, so much so that in the municipal council the problem is beginning to be evaluated in a more serious and direct manner. The motion on the Nigerian mafia brought to the agenda by the director of Fratelli d’Italia [Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni’s party] in Padua, Elena Cappellini, as reported by the local press, was approved with 18 votes in favor. The Nigerian mafia is a concrete problem and it is useless to turn away and talk of fantasies to minimize the extent.
Within the space of a few hours, at the troubled via Diego Valeri, there were two separate cases involving young foreign protagonists, first the theft in the interior of a restaurant, then a furious fight which involved a group of at least eight men of Nigerian nationality.
The first incident, last Monday January 13. In the middle of the night, and after closing time of the commercial business, the restaurant Antica Cina [Old China] was targeted. Using the concrete base of a street sign, two Africans, with faces exposed, repeatedly struck the window of the business until it was shattered. Once the breach was opened, one foreigner entered the location, taking a cash register, and then returned outside, where an accomplice was waiting for him. All the images were taken by a video surveillance camera installed in the immediate vicinity of the restaurant itself.
Not even 24 hours later, precisely the late afternoon of Tuesday 14 December [sic] January, a new incident of degradation, with the beating of an Italian drug addict by a gang of Nigerians, who began to fight among themselves.
It was about 6 pm, and as one of the witnesses, the lawyer Giorgio Ronzani, told Il Gazzettino, he was present at a scene “of unheard-of violence. An Italian, I believe a drug addict, was yelling for help while being submerged in a rain of kicks and punches.”
Afterward blows were exchanged among the same Africans, who began to throw themselves at each other. “The employees of the area’s offices came out to see what was happening. I also shouted, ‘Stop’. It is all useless”, recalled the witness. “In via Valeri they deal drugs every day,” reports Ronzani. “The owners of the looted restaurant are my clients. They wanted to open a recreational club in Guadenzio Passageway, in the place where a bar is now closed. The municipality, with the assessor Bressa, was also in favor because by opening gathering places the degradation of the drug dealers is eliminated. But now the Asian business people are afraid.”
As previously mentioned, the municipality has taken up the problem in a serious manner, talking openly of the Nigerian mafia, thanks to the motions of Fratelli d’Italia. Among the supporters is also Luigi Tarzia, an advisor to the security commission and to the municipality of Padua. “The phenomenon of the Nigerian mafia is in constant expansion. The areas hit hardest are the railway station and San Carlo all’Arcella. While in De Gasperi Square, thanks to private security, the African drug dealers have been kept away,” he maintains with pride.
|00:04||Violence in Padua: In less than 24 hours, a break-in, an assault, and a brawl on via Diego Valeri|
|00:14||Monday night the robbery of the restaurant, “Old China” at the hands of two foreigners.|
|00:21||The window shattered with a cement pedestal; the robbers flee with a cash register.|
|00:29||“On via Valeri, they deal drugs every day. The businesspeople are afraid,” says a witness.|
|00:38||A few hours later, Tuesday afternoon, the beating of an Italian drug user.|
|00:45||A group of eight Nigerians turn their fury against him,|
|00:50||then begin to argue: a brawl breaks out among them.|
|00:54||We again talk about the “Nigerian mafia”: in the municipal commission|
|00:58||Fratelli d’Italia [Brothers of Italy] gets a motion approved.|
|01:01||“The phenomenon is constantly growing.|
|01:04||The areas hit hardest are the railway station and San Carlo all’Arcella.”