The Zamfara Chief Judge, Kulu Aliyu, has granted amnesty to 18 prisoners, including a 70-year-old blind man, Shehu Musa, accused of conspiracy and armed robbery.
Ms. Aliyu granted the pardon in Gusau on Wednesday during her 2012 visit to prisons across the state.
The blind man, who spent one year at the Gusau Prisons, was set free as police investigation could not establish a case against him for prosecution.
The chief judge, while reviewing the blind man’s case, wondered how a blind man could be charged with robbery.
Other beneficiaries of the amnesty include Abubakar Abdullahi and Abubakar Adamu, remanded in Gusau Medium Security Prisons for more than five years on charges of conspiracy and attempted murder.
Zahara’u Na-Ali, Ladidi Mohammed, Saidu Abubakar, Faruk Ahmed, Buba Mohammed, Babangida Bello, Musa Sani, Shehu Abdullahi, Mohammed Lawali and Mohammed Farida also benefited from the gesture.
Also on the list were Abubakar Zallo, Umaru Mohammed, Umaru Abubakar, Mustapa Aliyu and Yusuf Haruna.
The chief judge explained that she discharged the inmates on grounds of missing records of proceedings and lack of diligent prosecution.
Ms. Aliyu said that some of the prisoners had also spent long periods in detention without trial, a development she said, had violated the rights of the accused to obtain justice.
She charged stakeholders in justice administration to brace up to the challenge of speedy dispensation of justice.
“You must bear in mind that both accused and complainant have equal rights to justice.
“Any attempt to delay or truncate justice delivery amounts to infringement on such rights,” she said.