One of the 20,000 youths employed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state through the Youth Empowerment Scheme of Oyo State (YES-O) narrowly escaped being lynched on Thursday evening at Adifase areas of Apata-Ganga, Ibadan, the state capital.
An eye-witness told newsmen that the YES-O cadet, identified as Sunday Obasanmi, drew the ire of people when he beat a middle-aged man into a coma.
The man, identified as Yinka Adeoti, had reportedly told Sunday, who was riding on a motorcycle, to stop making phone calls while riding.
Mr. Adeoti, who was walking along the Adifase Street, accused the young man of losing concentration and heading towards him because he was busy making a phone call on the bike.
This reportedly led to an argument between the duo, and it was during the argument that the Sunday, who was putting on the YES-O uniform,reportedly parked his bike and slapped the middle-aged man.
Eye-witness accounts added that after slapping Mr. Adeoti, the middle-aged man held on to Sunday's cloth, and in order to free himself from the man, the YES-O cadet started to beat the man.
It was at the stage that the man suddenly collapsed,and this attracted some youths,who had been watching the fight from a distance, to the scene.
On seeing the degree of bodily injuries the YES-O cadet had inflicted on the middle-aged man, the people went wild and descended heavily on Sunday.
It took the timely intervention of a police officer from the Apata Divisional Police Headquarters before the YES-O cadet could be rescued from being lynched.
The police officer arrested both Sunday and Mr.Adeoti,and took them to the Apata Divisional Police Headquarters, where they were asked to write their statements.
Confirming the report,the Divisional Police Officer(DPO) in charge of the Apata police station, Mr. Ali Ganiyu, a Superintendent of Police(SP), said the two men were arrested for public disturbance.
Mr. Ganiyu,however, added that the two suspects were later released to their respective families in order to give them access to medical treatments