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36 States of Nigeria; their Capitals and Dates Created, with Number of Local Governments, Preceding Entities and Land Area

• Abia
Capital – Umuahia
No. of LGA – 17
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 6,320 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Imo State

• Adamawa
Capital – Yola
No. of LGA – 20
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 36,917 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Gongola State

• Akwa Ibom
Capital – Uyo
No. of LGA – 31
Date Created – 23 September 1987
Land Area – 7,081 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Cross River State

• Anambra
Capital – Akwa
No. of LGA – 21
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 4,844 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – [old] Anambra State

• Bauchi
Capital – Bauchi
No. of LGA – 20
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 45,837 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – North-Eastern State

• Bayelsa
Capital – Yenegoa
No. of LGA – 9
Date Created – 1 October 1996
Land Area – 10,773 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Rivers State

• Benue
Capital – Makurdi
No. of LGA – 22
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 34,059 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Benue-Plateau State

• Borno
Capital – Maiduguri
No. of LGA – 27
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 70,898 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – North-Eastern State

• Cross River
Capital – Calabar
No. of LGA – 18
Date Created – 27 May 1976
Land Area – 20,156 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Eastern Region; previously known as South-Eastern State

• Delta
Capital – Asaba
No. of LGA – 25
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 17,698 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Bendel State

• Ebonyi
Capital – Abakaliki
No. of LGA – 12
Date Created – 1 October 1996
Land Area – 5,670 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Enugu and Abia States

• Edo
Capital – Benin City
No. of LGA – 18
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 17,802 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Bendel State

• Ekiti
Capital – Ado Ekiti
No. of LGA – 16
Date Created – 1 October 1996
Land Area – 6,353 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Ondo State

• Enugu
Capital – Enugu
No. of LGA – 17
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 7,161 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – [old] Anambra

• Gombe
Capital – Gombe
No. of LGA – 11
Date Created – 1 October 1996
Land Area – 18,768 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Bauchi State

• Imo
Capital – Owerri
No. of LGA – 27
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 5,100 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – East Central State

• Jigawa
Capital – Dutse
No. of LGA – 27
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 23,154 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Kano State

• Kaduna
Capital – Kaduna
No. of LGA – 23
Date Created – 27 May 1967
Land Area – 46,053 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Northern Region: previously known as North-Central State

• Kano
Capital – Kano
No. of LGA – 44
Date Created – 27 May 1967
Land Area – 20,131 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Northern Region

• Katsina
Capital – Katsina
No. of LGA – 34
Date Created – 23 September 1987
Land Area – 24,192 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Kaduna State

• Kebbi
Capital – Birnin Kebbi
No. of LGA – 22
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 36,800 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Sokoto State

• Kogi
Capital – Lokoja
No. of LGA – 20
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 29,833 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Kwara State; Benue State

• Kwara
Capital – Ilorin
No. of LGA – 16
Date Created – 27 May 1967
Land Area – 36,825 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Northern Region: previously known as West-Central State

• Lagos
Capital – Ikeja
No. of LGA – 20
Date Created – 27 May 1967
Land Area – 3,345 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Province of Lagos + Colony

• Nasarawa
Capital – Lafia
No. of LGA – 13
Date Created – 1 October 1996
Land Area – 27,117 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Plateau State

• Niger
Capital – Minna
No. of LGA – 25
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 76,363 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – North-Western State

• Ogun
Capital – Abeokuta
No. of LGA – 45
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 16,762 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Western State

• Ondo
Capital – Akure
No. of LGA – 18
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 15,500 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Western State

• Osun
Capital – Osogbo
No. of LGA – 28
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 9,251 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Oyo State

• Oyo
Capital – Ibadan
No. of LGA – 32
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 28,454 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Western State

• Plateau
Capital – Jos
No. of LGA – 17
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 30,913 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Benue-Plateau State

• Rivers
Capital – Port Harcourt
No. of LGA – 22
Date Created – 27 May 1967
Land Area – 11,077 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Eastern Region

• Sokoto
Capital – Sokoto
No. of LGA – 22
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 25,973 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – North-Western State

• Taraba
Capital – Jalingo
No. of LGA – 15
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 54,473 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Gongola State

• Yobe
Capital – Damaturu
No. of LGA – 17
Date Created – 27 August 1991
Land Area – 45,502 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Borno State

• Zamfara
Capital – Gussau
No. of LGA – 14
Date Created – 1 October 1996
Land Area – 39,762 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Sokoto State

• Abuja
Federal Capital Territory
No. of LGA – 6
Date Created – 3 February 1976
Land Area – 7,315 square kilometres
Preceding Entity – Benue-Plateau, North-Central, and North-Western States