Forty-four students have been charged with murder and arson, following the June 12 protest which rocked the University of Uyo (UniUyo), Akwa Ibom State.
The students were brought to court by the police in eight Hilux Pick-Up vans amid tight security.
The students appeared before Magistrate Lawrence Udonwa on a five-count charge of arson and murder.
Magistrate Udonwa held that since the case involved murder and arson, the police should not have brought the suspects to his court.
He held that the law upon which the police acted was obsolete and out-dated.
The magistrate, however, ordered that the case be transferred to the High Court in Uyo.
The parents of most of the students were in the court. Most of them accused the police of not arresting the real perpetrators of the crime.
One of the mothers of the suspects assert that her son was arrested while packing his luggage to leave the hostel.
The June 12 peaceful protest turned violent when police applied minimum force to end the riot.
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