Sunday, February 3, 2019

25-Year Old Nigerian Who Committed Suicide Over Residence Permit In Italy Is Buried [Photos]

A Nigerian man who killed himself in Italy after authorities denied him a residence permit, has been buried.

Prince Jerry, 25, was a chemistry graduate and was continuing his studies at university having arrived from Libya on a boat two and a half years ago. In mid-January his appeal to stay in the country was rejected and he “fell into a deep depression”, according to sources close to Jerry, who was staying in Tortona in Piedmont at the time of his death.

Italian authorities have been denying residence permits in their hundreds and have started removing migrants from centres as the government’s hardline immigration measures kick in.

Approved in December, the so-called Salvini decree – named after Matteo Salvini, the interior minister and leader of the far-right League abolishes humanitarian protection for those not eligible for refugee status.

“After discovering he couldn’t even count on the humanitarian permission that was cancelled by the recent decree, one of our boys took his own life,” said Fr Giacomo Di Martino of the charity Migrantes.

Fr Alex Zanotelli, a member of the Comboni missionaries in Verona, described Jerry’s death as “a state murder, the bitter fruit of the Salvini decree, which besides insecurity produces deaths”.

In October, 22-year-old Jawo Amadou, from Gambia, killed himself at a reception centre in Castellaneta Marina in Taranto. His residence permit would have expired in March 2019 and his asylum application was rejected in 2016.

How many more Africans will die in Italy?


  1. At least he got a decent burial. RIP

  2. So many people attended his burial but none of them could help him fight for his residence permit when he was alive

  3. Quest for greener pastures gone wrong