Location of Kebbi State in Nigeria
|Date created||27 August 1991|
| • Governor |
|Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari (PDP)|
|• Total||36,800 km2 (14,200 sq mi)|
|Area rank||10th of 36|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||22nd of 36|
|• Density||56/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|• Total||$3.29 billion|
|• Per capita||$993|
|Time zone||UTC+01 (WAT)|
|ISO 3166 code||NG-KE|
Kebbi State is a state in north-western Nigeria with its capital at Birnin Kebbi. The state was formed from part of Sokoto State in 1991. 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 and Median 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 the 21 Local Government Areas in the State.
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