Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio has revealed that no fewer than forty four students of the University of Uyo have been charged for murder and arson.
The Governor while at a meeting with striking airport workers on Monday night said the crisis was planned by students who had issues with their academic career.
The students were arrested after the recent protest at the school which claimed many lives and resulted in the destruction of property including the vice chancellor’s office.
“The UNIUYO crisis was targeted and planned, that was why the VC’s office, the registrar’s office, the office where documents since the inception of the school were kept was burnt,’’ Akpabio disclosed.
The police public relations officer in the state, Etim Dickson, disclosedd that the suspects had been arraigned before the state magistrate court on a four count charge of arson, murder, damage to property and stealing.
The Magistrate, Lawrence Udonwa has refused to grant bail to the students pending advice from the director of public prosecution (DPP) and has ordered that the case be transferred to the high court.
The students has since been kept in prison custody.
Recall that four members of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) died in an accident while on a peace mission to resolve the unrest at the university.
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