KABBA , aprovince of the
See also:protectorate of
See also:Nigeria, situated chiefly on the right
See also:bank of the Niger, between 7° 5' and 8° 45' N. and 5° 30' and 7° E . It has an
See also:area of 7800 sq. m. and an estimated population of about 70,000 . The province consists of relatively healthy uplands interspersed with fertile valleys . It formed
See also:part at one
See also:time of the
See also:Nupe emirate, and under
See also:rule the armies of
See also:Bida regularly raided for slaves and laid waste the
See also:country . Amongst the native inhabitants the Igbira are very industrious, and crops of
See also:indigo, all the
See also:African grains, and a
See also:good quantity of
See also:cotton are already grown . The sylvan products are valuable and include palm oil, kolas, shea and
See also:rubber .
See also:Lokoja, a
See also:town which up to 1902 was the
See also:principal British station in the protectorate, is situated in this province . The site of Lokoja, with a surrounding
See also:tract of country at the junction of the
See also:Benue and the Niger, was ceded to the British
See also:government in 1841 by the attah of Idah, whose dominions at that time extended to the right bank of the
See also:river . The first British settlement was a failure . In 1854 MacGregor
See also:Laird, who had taken an active part in promoting the exploration of the river, sent thither Dr W . B .
See also:Baikie, who was successful in dealing with the natives and in 1857 became the first British
See also:consul in the interior .
The town of Lokoja was founded by him in 186o . In 1868 the consulate was abolished and the settlement was
See also:left wholly to commercial interests . In 1879
See also:George Goldie formed the Royal Niger
See also:Company, which bought out its
See also:foreign rivals and acquired a
See also:charter from the British government . In 1886 the company made Lokoja its military centre, and on the transfer of the company's territories to the
See also:Crown it remained for a time the capital of Northern Nigeria . In 1902 the
See also:political capital of the protectorate was shifted to Zungeru in the province of
See also:Zaria, but Lokoja remains the commercial centre . The distance of Lokoja from the
See also:sea at the Niger mouth is about 250 M . In the
See also:absence of any central native authority the province is entirely dependent for administration upon British initiative . It has been divided into four administrative divisions . British and native courts of
See also:justice have been established . A British station has been established at Kabba town, which is an admirable site some 50 M . W. by N. of Lokoja, about 1300 ft. above the sea, and a good road has been made from Kabba to Lokoja . Roads have been opened through the province .
KABBABISH (" goatherds ": James Bruce derives the n...
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