The President of Nigeria Union in South Africa (NUSA), Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, on Thursday urged Nigerians living in that country to be law abiding and stay away from crime.
Anyene made the call at a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, following the rescue of 16 girls from a prostitution ring and the arrest of four foreign nationals.
The union boss commended the South African police for rescuing the girls from a secret location where they were kept and used for prostitution.
He said the union had zero tolerance for crime and criminality.
“ NUSA does not condone criminality and urges all Nigerians in South Africa to be law abiding.
“ We encourage all Nigerians living in South Africa to live happily with their hosts.
“ Therefore, the recent incident of abduction of 16 girls used as sex slaves is condemnable and unfortunate.
“ We commend the South African police for rescuing them,” he said.
Anyene urged Nigerians to report all crimes to the police in order to sustain the positive image of the country.
He also said that some Nigerians were doing well and contributing positively to the South African economy.
“ It is on record that some Nigerians are contributing positively to the South African economy.
“They are doing well in chosen careers like Information Communication Technology (ICT), agriculture, retailing businesses, education, medicine and engineering,” he said.
The president said that the union had concluded arrangements to launch a campaign against human trafficking, drug peddling, abuse and prostitution.
He said the campaign was aimed at sensitising all youths in South Africa on the dangers of such acts. (NAN)