21st June, 2010
Thousands of soccer loving Nigerians either resident, holidaying or currently in South Africa for the FIFA World Cup woke up today to hear the embarrassing news that another Nigerian has been given a three-year prison sentence after being caught in possession of stolen tickets.
P.M.Sports gathered from the Security Unit of 2010 Local Organising Committee, LOC, that 30 copies of stolen World Cup tickets were found on a Nigerian, who answers Kunle Benjamin.
Obinna Ndubuisi was the first Nigerian to be jailed four years after he was found carrying some stolen property in South Africa two weeks ago.
Ndubuisi, was arrested and tried along with other African miscreants who robbed some international journalists at gun point few days to the kick off of the World Cup.
His compatriot, Benjamin, according to reports, was arrested and sentenced immediately at a special World Cup court after he began driving â€œerraticallyâ€ and police stopped his car in Pretoria.
â€œHe was searched and the 30 tickets were discovered,â€ a police spokesperson, Sally de Beer said.
â€œThis is yet again an example of the effectiveness of having dedicated teams to deal with World Cup-related offences.â€
Benjamin was unable to explain how he had come to own the tickets and he is believed to be the first person handed a jail term by one of the over 50 courts set up to deal with crimes at the World Cup.