Kebbi State Profile

Updated: Jan 20, 2022
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Profile of Kebbi State

Kebbi is a state located in North-western Nigeria with the capital located at Birnin Kebbi. The state was carved out of Sokoto Sta­­te in 1991 by the then military administration of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. The State is bordered by Sokoto State, Niger State, Zamfara State, Dosso Region in the Republic of Niger and Benin Republic.

The state was one of the original 7 Banza Bakwai states in Hausa ancient history. Gwandu, one of the four emirates of the state was once one of the administrative capitals of the Fulani Empire, along with Sokoto. The state now known as Kebbi became part of the British colony in 1903 and was amalgamated as part of the Northern region along with the Southern region to give rise to Modern Nigeria.


Land of Equity

The population of Kebbi State

Kebbi State had a population total of over 4 million people (4,440,050) according to NBS Projections of 2017, making it the 20th populous state in Nigeria.


With a landmass of 36,800 km², The state is one of the largest states in Nigeria in terms of landmass.

Present Governor of Kebbi State

The present Governor of the state is Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of the APC elected in 2015, and reelected in 2019, along with his Deputy Samaila Yombe Dabai .

Social Media Handles

Kebbi State Government Official Facebook Page

Kebbi State Government Official Twitter Handle

Official Instagram Page

Official Website of Kebbi State Government

Former Governors of Kebbi

Patrick Aziza  Administrator 28 Aug-1991— Jan-1992    
Abubakar Musa Governor (NRC)  Jan 1992 —Nov-1993    
Salihu Tunde Bello Administrator9 Dec 1993—22 Aug 1996  
John UbahAdministrator    22 Aug 1996—Aug 1998   
Samaila Bature ChamahAdministrator  Aug 1998—May 1999
Adamu AlieroGovernor (ANPP)29 May 1999 —29 May 2007
Usman Saidu Dakingari Governor   (PDP)       29 May 2007 —24 Feb 2012 
Aminu Musa Habib Jega (acting) Acting Governor24 Feb 2012 — 2 Apr 2012     
Usman Saidu Dakingari Governor (PDP)2 Apr 2012 — 29 May 2015   
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu Governor (APC)29 May 2015 — Date

Kebbi State Commissioners

Commissioner                                                           Ministry                                                              

Hon. Ramatu Adamu Gulma                                   Commissioner For Justice

Hon. Ibrahim M. Augie                                   Commissioner For Finance

Hon. Abubakar C. Ladan                                 Commissioner For Works & Transport

Hon. Mamuda Muhammad Warra                         Commissioner For Lands & Housing

Hon. Umar Sanni Kalgo                                   Commissioner For Budget & Economic Development

Hon. Garba Ibrahim Geza                               Commissioner For Commerce & Industry

Hon. Hassan Shalla                                                Commissioner For Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs

Hon. Maigari Abdullahi Dakingari                  Commissioner For Agriculture

Hon. Aminu Karaye                                     Commissioner For Animal Health

Hon. Rakiya Tanko Ayuba                         Commissioner For Information & Culture

Hon. Prof. Umar Bunza                                   Commissioner For Higher Education

Hon. Ramatu Adamu Gulma                           Commissioner For Youth & Sport

Hon. Abdullahi M. Magoro                             Commissioner For Information Technology

Hon. Magawata Aliero                                               Commissioner for Basic & Secondary Education

Hon. Attahiru Maccido                                   Commissioner Special Duties

Hon. Hayatudeen A.  Bawa                                      Commissioner Of Environment And Solid Mineral

Hon. Jafaru Muhammad                                          Commissioner For Health

Local Governments in Kebbi State and Their Headquarters

S/NLocal GovernmentHeadquarters
2Arewa DandiArewa Dandi
6Birnin KebbiBirnin Kebbi

Major Tribes in Kebbi State

  1. Zarma, also known as Zabarmawa, Adzerma, Djerma, Dyabarma, Dyarma, Dyerma, Zabarma, Zarbarma, Zarmaci, Zerma
  2. Dendi or Dandawa
  3. Bisã, Busa, Boussa, Busa, Busa-Bisã, Busano, Bussanchi, Bussawa, or Mande located in Bagudo LGA
  4. C’Lela, Lela, Cala-Cala, Chilala, Chilela, Dakakari, Dakarkari, Dakkarkari, Kalla-Kalla, Kolela, Lalawa (Dakarkari in Hausa) located in Donko-Wasagu, Sakaba, and Zuru LGAs
  5. Hun-Saare , Duka, Dukanchi, Dukanci, Dukawa, Dukkawa, Dukwa located in Wasagu and Yauri LGAs
  6. Gibanawa or Jega located in Jega LGA
  7. Tsikimba, or Akimba, Auna, Kambari, Kamberchi, Kamberri, Kimba located in Ngaski LGA
  8. Tsishingini , Cishingini, Kambari, Kamberchi, Kamberri, Salka located in Ngaski LGA
  9. Tsucuba, Cuba, Urcibar located in Ngaski LGA
  10. Tsuvadi, Abadi, Avadi, Evadi, Ibeto, or Kamberi located in Ngaski LGA
  11. Cicipu, Achipa, Acipa, Acipanci, Cipu, Tocipu, Western Acipa located in Sakaba LGA
  12. Damakawa, Tidama’un located in Sakaba LGA
  13. Gwamhi-Wuri, Banganci, Bangawa, Lyase, Lyase-Ne located in Wasugu-Danko LGA
  14. Reshe located in Yauri

Tourist Attraction Sites in Kebbi State

  1. Zuru Museum, Zuru
  2. Moving Rock at Akinkiya in Ngaski
  3. Kanta Museum, Argungu
  4. Tomb of Abdullahi Fodio in Gwandu
  5. Yelwa Museum of Archaeology
  6. Girmace Shrine, Zulu
  7. Alwasa Battlefield at Argungu

Facts About Kebbi State

1. Kebbi was one of the Banza bakwai (the seven illegitimate Hausa states), which extended over what is now northwestern Nigeria and southwestern Niger. Gwandu, an important town in the state later became an administrative capital of the Usman Danfodio Fulani Empire.

2. Arugungu fishing Festival is one of the largest fishing festivals in the whole world. The festival, which started in the year 2002 was meant to encourage fishing activities for which Arugungu is known for is attended by many local and foreign dignitaries. It was launched by President Obasanjo in 2002.

3. Zuru local government is a highly academic town that has produced over 40 Professors and counting. The town has also produced top military generals, among which include General Musa Bamaiyi a Muslim, and General Ishaya Bamaiyi a Christian. The town is known for its heterogeneity.

4. Although Birnin Kebbi has declined as a river port because of silting as well as political conditions, it now serves as a collecting point for peanuts (groundnuts) and rice and as a major local market centre in millet, sorghum, rice, fish, goats, and cattle.

5. Kebbi state is the highest producer of rice in Nigeria, with 4 Million tons of rice produced annually, making her the rice capital of the nation. A rice pyramid was unveiled in the state in 2021.

Notable Figures and People from Kebbi State

  1. Muhammad Aleiro, Former Governor
  2. Akilu Aliyu, Poet and scholar
  3. Amina Augie, Jurist and Supreme Court Justice
  4. Abubakar Tanko Ayuba, Politician and Senator
  5. Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Politician and Senator
  6. Haliru Mohammed Bello, Politician, Former Minister, First Comptroller General of the Customs and Excise department,Acting PDP National Chairman and Acting PDP BOT Chair
  7. Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari, Former Governor
  8. Attahiru Jega, Former INEC Chair
  9. Abubakar Malami SAN, Politician and Minister of Justice
  10. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, Activist and Ex- Presidential Candidate
  11. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, Politician and Former Minister of Women Affairs
  12. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (SAN) Politician and Former Minister of Labour and Special Duties
  13. General Musa Bamaiyi, Former NDLEA Boss
  14. General Ishaya Bamaiyi , Former Chief of Army Staff
  15. Professor Garba Mahuta, Academician and Fakai Local Government Education Authorities (LGEAs) LGEA Chair
  16. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Politician and current Governor
  17. Isa Galaudu, Former Senator and Gubernatorial Aspirant

Mineral and Natural Resources Found in Kebbi State

Kebbi state is blessed with numerous mineral and natural resources such as;

  1. Manganese
  2. Clay
  3. Quartz
  4. Iron
  5. Copper
  6. Aluminum

Other livestock and crops grown in Kebbi include; cattle, sheep, goats, rice, maize, beans, soya beans, millet, groundnut, cotton, sugar cane etc.

Ceremonies and Festivals in Kebbi

  1. Argungu Fishing Festival
  2. Hawan Sallah
  3. Hawan Idi
  4. Eid al-Adha
  5. Eid al-Fitri
  6. Uhola Festival in Zuru Emirate

Tertiary Institutions in Kebbi State

  1. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi
  2. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero
  3. Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru in Kebbi,
  4. Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic
  5. Kebbi State School of Nursing

Number of Emirates in Kebbi

Kebbi state has four first-class emirates namely; Arungu, Gwandu, Yauri  and Zuru emirates. The Emirs are as follows;

Alh. Samaila Muhammad Mera, Msc, Mnse, Mcoren, Miwem, CON, Emir of Arungu

Alh. Muhammadu Iliyasu Bashar, The Emir of Gwandu and Chairman Kebbi State Council of Chiefs,

Maj. Gen (rtd) Muhammad Sani Sami, Sami Gomo II, Emir of Zuru

Dr. Muhammad Zayyanu Abdullahi, Emir of Yauri,

Kebbi State Major Markets

  1. Kara market
  2. Kalgo market
  3. Birnin Kebbi central market
  4. Kasuwan Zuru
  5. Gwandu market

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