TWO motorcyclists in Enugu State were Thursday sentenced to one year imprisonment each without option of fine for violating the new law banning the operation of motorcycles in the state capital.
Those convicted by an Enugu Magistrate Court presided over by Mrs Ebele Udeze after pleading guilty of the offence were Friday Ucha and Jonathan Eneje.
But, another accused person, Gabriel Ogbonna who was also arrested by the police yesterday for the same offence pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 and a surety who must be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 16 among other conditions.
The prosecuting police officer, ASP Oluji Clement had told the court that the two convicts were arrested with one Gabriel Ogbonna, near Nowas Filling Station, Enugu for allegedly violating the law banning the opreations of motorcycles in Enugu metropolis.
None of the accused persons were represented by their defece counsel during the trial. The state police command commenced full implementation of the motorcycle prohibition law yesterday during which the three violators were apprehended.
The convicts were taken to Enugu Prisons where they would serve the jail term while their motorcycles were impounded by the police.
Reports said more violators were arrested and detained by some police divisions within the three metropolitan councils of Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South, even as it was learnt that more violators might be arraigned in court today.