is the capital city of Kogi State
, in central Nigeria
, and is a port on Niger River
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.
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, and it is a centre of trade of its agricultural region because it sits at the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers. Lokoja is also close to the new Federal capital of Abuja. Near Lokoja (in Ajaokuta) are metallurgy facilities and iron ore mines.