|Faces from Iyaño|
The entire Ibaji Local Government Area was founded after the Igala-Benin. The warriors of Attah Igala took the war to Benin soil and after the war, most of the warriors did not return to Idah. History has it that the Attah’s warriors did not keep the instruction given to them and as a result, their earlier victory vanished.
The warriors then fled from Benin, crossed the River Niger but did not come to Idah directly. They crossed to Idah South and settled beside the river, on a portion of land which was until then a big forest. This settlement later grew into a district known as Ibaji (Iba-aji), which means “beside the river”. The founder of Iyano, Onuja, was believed to be one of the Attah Igala’s warriors who returned from Benin but settled in Ibaji.