is a state in north-western Nigeria
with its capital at Birnin Kebbi
. The state was formed from part of Sokoto State
. Kebbi State is bordered by Sokoto State
, Niger State
, Dosso Region
in the Republic of Niger
and the nation of Benin
. It has a total area of 36,800 km².
Kebbi is traditionally considered to belong to the Banza bakwai
states of Hausaland
. According to recent research based on local oral traditions, king lists and on the Kebbi chronicle, the state of Kebbi was founded towards 600 BCE by refugees of the Assyrian empire
conquered by Babylonian
forces in 612 BCE. A major local event was the conquest by Songhay
in the second half of the fifteenth century CE.
Kebbi state was created out of the former Sokoto State on 17 August 1991. The State has a total population of 3,137,989 people as projected from the 1991 census, within 21 Local Government areas.
The state has Sudan and sahel-savannah. The southern part is generally rocky with the Niger River
traversing the state from Benin to Ngaski
LGA. The northern part of the state is sandy with the Rima River
passing through Argungu to Bagudo LGA where it empties into the Niger. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people especially in rural areas, Crops produced are mainly grains; animal rearing and fishing are also common. Islam is the dominant religion of the people. There are 225 political wards, 3000 settlements and 1036 hard to reach settlements in... Read More