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The state is made up of two lakes ABADABA Lake in Elugwu Nkwumeato , Ihitte/Uboma L G A and Oguta Lake in Oguta LGA
Imo State
State nickname: Eastern Heartland

Ikedi Godson Ohakim ([changed to peoples democratic party on 25th july 2009)
Date Created February 3, 1976
Capital Owerrimarker
Area 5,530 km²
Ranked 34th

1991 Census

2005 est.
Ranked 9th


 -Per Capita

2007 (estimate)
$14.21 billion

ISO 3166-2 NG-IM
Imo State is one of the 36 states of Nigeriamarker and lies to the south of this West African country, with Owerrimarker as it capital and largest city.


Imo State came into existence in 1976 along with other new states created under the leadership of the late military ruler of Nigeria, Murtala Muhammad, having been previously part of East-Central State. The state is named after the Imo River. Part of it was split off in 1991 as Abia Statemarker, and another part became Ebonyi Statemarker.The main cities in Imo State are Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe.The Orashi River has its source in this state . The local language is Igbo and Christianity is the predominant religion,

Geography and natural resources

Besides Owerri, Imo State's major towns are Isu, Okigwemarker, Ogutamarker, Orlumarker, Mbaise, Emekuku (Emekē Ukwu), Mbierimarker, Orodomarker, Orsu, Amaigbo, Mbano. The state is rich in crude oil, natural gas and fertile, arable agricultural land.

Official Language

English, Igbo

Local Government Areas

Imo State is made up of twenty-seven Local Government Areas:


Imo is a predominantly Igbo speaking state, with Igbo people constituting a majority of 98%


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