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Lapai is a Local Government Area in Niger State, Nigeria, adjoining the Federal Capital Territory. Its headquarters are in the town of Lapai on the A124 highway in the west of the area at 9°03′00″N 6°34′00″E / 9.05000°N 6.56667°E / 9.05000; 6.56667.

Lapai
LGA and town
Lapai is located in Nigeria
Lapai
Lapai
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 8°49′N 6°41′E / 8.817°N 6.683°E / 8.817; 6.683Coordinates: 8°49′N 6°41′E / 8.817°N 6.683°E / 8.817; 6.683
Country  Nigeria
State Niger State
Government
 • Local Government Chairman and the Head of the Local Government Council Abdulkadir A. Umar
 • Emir Umaru Bago Tafida
Area
 • Total 3,051 km2 (1,178 sq mi)
Population (2006 census)
 • Total 110,127
Time zone UTC+1 (WAT)
3-digit postal code prefix 911
ISO 3166 code NG.NI.LP

It has an area of 3,051 km² and a population of 110,127 at the 2006 census. The area is roughly coterminous with the Lapai Emirate.

The postal code of the area is 911.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 


The Lapai Emirate, today in Nigeria, is a traditional state that lies near the Gurara River, a tributary to the Niger River, and was originally inhabited by the Gbari people, covering roughly the same area as the modern Lapai local government area. In the 1790s the Nupe Kingdom was a rising power in the region and had taken Lapai from Oyo. However, with the onslaught of the Fulani Jihad their lands, including Lapai, were conquered by the Sokoto Caliphate. [ 1 ] The people of the region became subject to the Hausa kingdom of Zazzau. After 1804 they came under the Fulani emirate of Zaria, part of the realm of the emir of Gwandu. The Lapai emirate was separated from the emirates of Zaria and Agaie in 1825. [ 2 ] The emirate was founded in 1828 when Mallam Baba sent his Lieutenant Daudu Muza to subjugate the area. Daudu was successful, but kept the land for himself. [ 3 ] The emirate remained a tributary to the Gwandu emirate until 1903, when the British took control. [ 4 ] Rulers The emirate remains in existence, although it was subject first to British colonial rule and later to civilian or military rule of the independent state of Nigeria. Emirs were: [ 5 ] Da ' udu Maza dan Jaura ( 1825 - 1832 ) Yamuza dan Jaura ( 1832 - 1835 ) Baji dan Jaura ( 1835 - 1838 ) Jantabu dan Jaura ( 1838 - 1874 ) ` Atiqu dan Jantabu (1874 - 1875 ) Bawa dan Jantabu (1875 - 1893 ) ` Abd al - Qadiri dan (1893 - 1907 ) Ibrahim dan Jantabu ( 1907 - 1923 ) ` Aliyu Gana dan ` Abd al- Qadiri (1923 - Apr 1937 ) ` Umaru dan Ibrahim (1937 - Nov 1954 ) Muhammadu Kobo dan ` Aliyu Gana ( 1954 - 13 Jun 2002 ) Umaru Bago Tafida ( 10 Aug 2002 )