Ogun - The Ogun State Chief Judge, Mrs Adetokunbo Olopade, on Wednesday granted pardon to 42 inmates of the four prisons in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olopade had visited the prisons located at Ibara and Oba in Abeokuta as well as those in Ilaro, Sagamu and Ijebu-Ode during the tour which started on Monday.
NAN also reports that three of the inmates who regained freedom were females while the others, whose ages ranged between 20 and 60, were males.
Olopade told NAN after the visit that those who regained freedom were imprisoned for various offences ranging from robbery, murder and other sundry criminal acts.
According to her, negligence of prosecuting officers and the Investigating Unit of the Legal Department of the Nigeria Police is responsible for the prolonged incarceration of many of the inmates.
She said that magistrates also complained about the ineffectiveness of prosecuting officers.
``Many inmates are found to be on the awaiting trial list, having spent between three and six years in prison.
``Issues of missing case files, lack of witnesses and judicious prosecution are responsible for the delay in the judicial process.
``These are some of the reasons why prisons are congested.
``This is wickedness and I am going to inform appropriate authorities about the attitude of those officers whose negligence is delaying the course of justice,'' she said.