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Two teenage girls were allegedly raped by a 27-year-old Ekiti tailor Taiwo Odetunde on the pretense of making them a face mask.

The Police in the state on Tuesday arraigned the suspect before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly raping the two minors.

The prosecutor, Inspector Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that the defendant, who is facing one count of rape, committed the offense on June 9, 2020, in Ado-Ekiti.

Ikebuilo stated, “The defendant defiled the 13-year-old and 14-year-old girls. The victims are friends. The defendant, a tailor, promised to sew a nose mask for each of them.

“When the victims got to his house, he locked the door and threatened to kill them with a knife if they shouted. He defiled them one after the other, but he was caught in the act by his neighbor.

“The offense contravenes Section 2(2) of the Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Amended Law, 2019.”

She also urged the court to remand the defendant in a correctional center pending legal advice from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The court did not take the plea of the defendant.

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