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Interesting facts about Agila people of Benue State

Written By Idoma Television on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 12:15:00 AM

Agila Town is the traditional home of the Agilan people from Ado and the local Government area Benue State. Ado is a local government area of Benue State, Nigeria and was created in 1991.

The area comprises many settlements, which include Apa Ivetse, Ikpenba New Agila, Ogbokwu, Udokwu and Odah. Apa was historically dominated by the Agilan who were not able to return to the main town after the Biafra War. 

Agila shares boundaries with Ebonyi State in the East, Enugu State in the West and Igumale, the Local Government headquarters in the North. Ado is the boundary between Agila and Igumale.

It is one of the 9 local government areas in the southern senatorial zone, which is mainly occupied by the Idoma people. The administrative headquarters are at Igumale, situated on the railway line crossing Nigeria in the north-south direction.

Chief Dan Agbese, the Editor-in-Chief of Nigerian Newswatch, is from this area.

The area contains minerals and natural resources, such as limestone, kaolin, petroleum, and coal in commercial quantities. The Benue state cement factory, one of the largest employers in this geographical region, was to be located there.

It is a culturally rich and diverse area comprising the Agila/Apa, Ulayi, Ijigbam, Utonkon, and Igumale communities.

It was one of the first areas in Idoma to have contact with European missionaries, and they began their first missionary school in this area. Igumale is also the proposed location of Apa State University.

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