Historical landmarks in Kogi State

OKORO-AGBO MOUNTAIN

The Okoro-Agbo Mountain is a spectacular hill formation located in Ogidi in the Ijumu LGA.

KPATA ROCKS

These beautiful rock formations are located in the Bassa LGA.

AWO TUNNEL, IDAH LGA

This tunnel, which is approximately one kilometre long, was dug during the reign of Onoja Oboni in the eighteenth century to serve as a hiding place for members of the royal family during wartime.

AAFIN-KABBA

The Aafin-Kabba is the old Obaro’s palace located in the Kabba LGA. It is made of mud and according to history is about two centuries old.

LORD LUGARD’S RESIDENCE AND OFFICE

This colonial monument was Lord Lugard’s first residence and office in Nigeria. It was constructed in 1901. The materials used in constructing the building were imported from England. The residence is located in the Lokoja LGA.

ROYAL NIGER COMPANY FLAG SPOT

This was the spot in Lokoja where the Royal Niger Company’s flag was lowered in 1890. Sir George Tubman Goldie founded the United African Company (UAC) in 1879 (Later renamed the National African Company) to unite British traders whose activities were along the River Niger and to protect them from aggressive competition from the French. As his vision was to add to the British Empire territories of the middle and lower Niger, the company signed many treaties with local chiefs and kings. Following the Berlin conference (1884-85) where Africa was partitioned among colonial powers and the consequential acquisition of the lower Niger from French forces, a charter was granted to the NAC giving it the protection of the royal forces. This came with another change in name from NAC to the Royal Niger Company.

WORLD WAR CENOTAPH

The cenotaph was erected in Lokoja to the memory of the soldiers who died during the two World Wars. It features a list of names of some of the British and Nigerian soldiers who distinguished themselves in the wars on a tablet.

INIKPI STATUE

This is the statue of Inikpi, the legendary beloved daughter of Attah Igala, who offered to be buried alive in order to save her father’s kingdom during a war with the Jukuns. The statue is situated in Lokoja.

HOLY TRINITY SCHOOL, LOKOJA

Holy Trinity School was the first primary school to be established in Northern Nigeria. It was founded in 1865 by Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther. The establishment of the school represented the beginnings of English education and literacy in northern Nigeria. It stands within the grounds of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Lokoja and is still in operation under the control of government.

EUROPEAN CEMETERY, LOKOJA

This cemetery contains the remains of missionaries and European soldiers of the West African Frontier Force stationed in Lokoja between 1867 and 1926. It is the largest of its kind in Nigeria.

THE IRON OF LIBERTY

The Iron of Liberty refers to the place where slaves were freed in 1860 by the anti-slavery British crusaders. The area is marked with two iron poles. Lokoja, because of its location near the banks of River Niger, was an important centre for the slave trade in Nigeria.

DEPOSED EMIRS’ GRAVEYARDS, LOKOJA

These are the graveyards of the emirs of Kano, Zaria and Bida who were deposed and exiled for opposing the British authorities during the colonial era.

LATE ATTAH EBIRA PALACE

This is the palace of the first Attah of Ebira. The imposing building was built in 1927 and is a combination of ancient and modern architecture.

ULOJA NATIVE AUTHORITY GUEST HOUSE

Uloja Native Authority Guest House is located in Dekina. It is where Ameh Oboni, the Attah Igala (traditional leader of the Igala people) renowned for his brave resistance of the British and his struggles to uphold the ancient traditions of the Igalas, hanged himself after discovering a plan by the British to depose and exile him.

MOUNT PATTI

Mount Patti is a massive hill that towers over Lokoja. It has a plateau that measures approximately fifteen square kilometres, from which one can see the confluence point of Rivers Niger and Benue. Patti is a Nupe native name for a “hill” Hence the famous mountain towering about 452.3M above sea level over the city of Lokoja once provided refuge sites for natives has come to be known as Mount Patti as it was first referred to by early European visitors.

AGBAJA PLATEAU

Located about fourteen kilometres from Lokoja, Agbaja is a town situated on top of a plateau which is 335.2 metres above sea level.

KOTON KARFE CAVE

The Koton-Karfe cave has three openings on the elevated side of a hill directly overlooking Koton-Karfe. It is believed that the cave can accommodate about 500 people.

EGENEJA WARM SPRING

This is a natural warm spring in the Bassa LGA.

EARTH BRIDGE

This natural wonder is located at Egane in the Ofu LGA. This massive rock serves as a natural bridge over the River Niger for both vehicular and human traffic.

OFEJIJI

The Ofejiji fall is located in Okura-Olafia and is a major tourist attraction in Kogi State.

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