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Benue State

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Map of Nigeria showing location of Benue State

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 4,253,641 (2006 census figures) - 9th of 37
  • Percentage of Nigeria's population: 3.03%
  • Population density:136 people per square kilometre - 21st of 37
  • Landmass: 31276.7 square kilometres - 12th of 27
  • State capital: Makurdi
  • Local Government Areas: 23
  • Current Governor: Samuel Ortom
Map of Benue State showing local government areas

Local Government Areas:

  • Agatu
  • Apa
  • Buruku
  • Gboko
  • Guma
  • Gwer-East
  • Gwer-West
  • Katsina-Ala
  • Konshisha
  • Kwande
  • Obi
  • Makurdi
  • Ogbadibo
  • Ohimini
  • Oju
  • Okpokwu
  • Otukpo
  • Tarka
  • Ukum
  • Ushongo
  • Vandeikya
Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State

Governors and Administrators:

  • Abdullahi Shelleng (Governor – Military): March 1976 – July 1978
  • Adebayo Lawal (Governor – Military): July 1978 – October 1979
  • Aper Aku (Governor – Civilian (National Party of Nigeria)): October 1979 – December 1983
  • John Akperan (Governor – Military): January 1984 – August 1985
  • Jonah David Jang (Governor – Military): August 1985 – August 1986
  • Yohanna Madaki (Governor – Military): August 1986 – September 1986
  • Ishaya Bakut (Governor – Military): September 1986 – December 1987
  • Idris Garba (Governor – Military): December 1987 - July 1988
  • Fidelis Makka (Governor – Military): July 1988 – January 1992
  • Moses Adasu (Governor – Civilian (Social Democratic Party)): January 1992 – November 1993
  • Joshua O. Obademi (Administrator – Military): December 1993 – August 1996
  • Aminu Isa Kontagora (Administrator – Military): August 1996 – August 1998
  • Dominic Oneya (Administrator – Military): August 1998 – May 1999
  • George Akume (Governor – Civilian (People’s Democratic Party)): May 1999 – May 2007
  • Gabriel Suswam (Governor – Civilian (People’s Democratic Party)): May 2007 – May 2015
  • Samuel Ortom ( Governor - Civillian( All Progressive Congress) May 2015- May 2019 and (People’s Democratic Party) May 2019 - Present