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Location of Lokoja in Nigeria
Lokoja is the capital city of Kogi Statemarker, in central Nigeriamarker, and is a port on Niger River.

History

Founded by William Balfour Baikie according to european historical records although, there have been indigenous people living in the area for thousands of years, Lokoja was the capital of British Northern Nigeria Protectorate and remained a convenient administrative town for the British colonial government after the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria Protectorates into one nation called Nigeria in 1914.<ref name="world statesmen"> </ref>

The first Governor General Lord Frederick Lugard ruled the new nation of Nigeria from Lokoja town. The city has since grown to an estimated 63,075 inhabitants,<ref name="world gazetteer"> </ref> and it is a centre of trade of its agricultural region because it sits at the confluence of the Niger and Benuemarker rivers.<ref name=britannica/> Lokoja is also close to the new Federal capital of Nigeria Abujamarker. Near Lokoja (in Ajaokutamarker) are metallurgy facilities and iron ore mines.

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