Hundreds of youths in Iyara, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State took to the streets of the community to protest what they called “invasion of Fulani herdsmen”.
The protest followed the alleged influx of some Fulani herdsmen in their hundred who were reportedly sent away from Ajowa community in neighbouring Ondo State.
The reason for sending them away from Ajowa is yet to be known but the Ijumu youths are saying no to Fulani invasion.
A resident of Iyara who does not want his name mentioned said “the herders arrived few days back at Zango, along Iyara-Kabba road in two loads of trailers.”
According to him, “some Community leaders visited the Zango market and saw the herdsmen in their large numbers and their loads.
“We also discovered that the head of Fulani in the market allegedly collected money from them (Fulani herdsmen) with a promise to accommodate them,” he added.
This informed the peaceful protest to express displeasure with the influx of herdsmen whom they alleged have taken over farmlands and caused insecurity in the area.
The protesting youths carried placards with inscription like “Iyara Community Rejects the Influx of Herdsmen”, “Enough is Enough, we want to farm, No to Fulani Herdsmen Invasion” among others.
They called for urgent attention to avoid acts capable of truncating the existing peace in the community and environs.