The Governor, who gave the charge on Thursday, June 4, 2020, while swearing-in Honourable Justice Aderonke Aderemi as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Oyo State, noted that whatever position anyone occupies is only temporary.
Engr Makinde, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, wishes Justice Aderemi a successful tenure, adding that he had no doubt that she will use the new position to ensure that justice is served and in a timely manner.
The Governor said: “This is a clear demonstration of the fact that here in Oyo State, we try to do what is right without any political or religious coloration or gender bias. If you look at all the justices here, they are women. If you also look at the first five officials of the Government too, we have two women in there. That is how I really feel we should operate, because whatever position we are occupying is just temporary. I will leave my position as the Governor of the State and your tenure will end one day, but I pray you will end well”.
He used Justice Aderemi as a point of contact to officials and leaders occupying positions of authority to have that sense of humility and do what is right all the time.
While speaking with Newsmen shortly after the swearing-in, Justice Aderemi expressed happiness, promising to put in her best to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.
She noted that, to the Customary Court of Appeal, the issue of Coronavirus is a challenge because there is the need for a way to have Court sitting without the fear of being unsafe; adding that: “Now, we are going to be scheming; we will be having a case at a time. We won’t be having too many Lawyers in the Court room or litigants as well, so that we will be able to observe social distancing very well”.
On rape cases, Justice Aderemi said: “we will first of all have to get to increase the jurisdiction of the Customary Court of Appeal before we can deal with rape cases. But you know what, as women Judges, we have gone round the whole Country, sensitising the people on what it means and the need to train our children. When you talk about rape, it could be the man or woman being raped. So, we take care of everybody. So, that is what I am going to do when we get there.”