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Idah is a town in Kogi State, Nigeria, on the eastern bank of the Niger River in the middle belt region of Nigeria. It is the headquarter of the Igala Kingdom, and also a smaller Local Government Area with an area of 36 km² around the town, with a population of 79,815 at the 2006 census.[2]

LGA and town
Idah is located in Nigeria
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 7°05′N 6°45′E / 7.083°N 6.750°E / 7.083; 6.750Coordinates: 7°05′N 6°45′E / 7.083°N 6.750°E / 7.083; 6.750
Country Nigeria
StateKogi State
 • Total36 km2 (14 sq mi)
 (2006 census)
 • Total79,815
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
Postal code
3-digit postal code prefix
ISO 3166 codeNG.KO.ID



The town is the traditional capital of the Igala Kingdom, whose traditional ruler, the Attah Igala Alhaji Aliyu Obaje, died in July 2012. He was succeeded by HE Micheal Ameh Oboni II.


Idah, an old river port, lies on the eastern bank of the river Niger at 7°05′00″N 6°45′00″E / 7.08333°N 6.75000°E / 7.08333; 6.75000.


The town is a major food supplier of Kogi State. It has commercial routes on the river Niger linking Lokoja, the Kogi state capital; to the north of the country and Onitsha in Anambra state) to the south, Agenebode Edo State across the Niger to the west. Its population is primarily Igala.


Idah hosts a federal polytechnic. It hosts also the college of science, health and Technology. The Federal Government College Ugwolawo is also within the periphery of Idah.


  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
  2. ^ HASC, population, area and Headquarters Statoids