How Many States Are in Nigeria

10. How Many States Are in Nigeria
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The Federal Republic of Nigeria has 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. 

History has it that from 1960 till 1963, Nigeria was divided into 3 regions, the North, South and the East, the 

Mid-Western was carved to make it 4 regions. 

From 1967 to 1975, the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon created 12 states. 

The states are Benue-Plateau, Kaduna, Kwara, Kano, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Bendel, Western State and Lagos, Eastern State, and North-Eastern State.

In 1976 – 1987, the list of states created increased to 19.

In 1991, the number of states created increased to 21 and in 1996, it moved to 36 states with the Federal Capital Territory, FCT as capital.

List of Nigerian States and their Capitals in Nigeria 

  • Abia State        Umuahia
  • Adamawa         Yola
  • Akwa Ibom        Uyo
  • Anambra          Awka
  • Bauchi             Bauchi
  • Bayelsa           Yenagoa
  • Benue             Makurdi
  • Borno              Maiduguri
  • Cross River    Calabar
  • Delta.              Asaba
  • Ebonyi.           Abakaliki
  • Edo.                Benin
  • Ekiti.               Ado-Ekiti
  • Enugu.           Enugu
  • FCT.               Abuja
  • Gombe.          Gombe
  • Imo.                Owerri
  • Jigawa.           Dutse
  • Kaduna.          Kaduna
  • Kano.              Kano
  • Katsina.          Katsina
  • Kebbi.             Birnin Kebbi
  • Kogi.               Lokoja
  • Kwara.            Ilorin
  • Lagos.            Ikeja
  • Nassarawa    Lafia
  • Niger.             Minna
  • Ogun.            Abeokuta
  • Ondo.            Akure
  • Osun.             Osogbo
  • Oyo.               Ibadan
  • Plateau.         Jos
  • Rivers.           Port Harcourt
  • Sokoto.          Sokoto
  • Taraba.          Jalingo
  • Yobe.             Damaturu
  • Zamfara.        Gusau

Extras : Most Developed cities in Nigeria

  • Abuja
  • Lagos
  • Calabar
  • kano

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