by Dare Lawal
The governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, has disclosed that the state government has charged forty four students of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, who were arrested by the police in connection with last week’s protest which claimed lives and property including the vice chancellor’s office.
The governor, who made the disclosure during a meeting with striking airport workers on Monday, said the crisis was planned by students who had one problem or the other with their academics.
“The UniUyo crisis was targeted and planned, that was why the vice chancellor’s office, the registrar’s office, where documents of the school were kept were burnt,’’ he said.
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Also confirming the arrest, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Etim Dickson, said the suspects have been arraigned before the state Magistrate’s Court on a four count charge of arson, murder, damage to property and stealing.
According to Daily Trust, “the suspects who were picked up at various locations were taken to the court by the police in eight Hilux vans amidst tight security.
“Magistrate Lawrence Udonwa, who refused to grant bail to the students pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) ordered that the case be transferred to the High Court, just as he ordered that the culprits be remanded in prison.”