The state was created in 1991 from parts of Kwara State and Benue State. The state as presently constituted, comprises the people of the Kabba Province of Northern Nigeria. One of the first Qadi in the Kogi State was Faruk Imam.
There are three main ethnic groups and languages in Kogi: Igala, Ebira, and Okun (a Yoruba Group) with other minorities like Bassa, a small fraction of Nupe mainly in Lokoja and Bassa Local Government Area, the Ogugu subgroup of the Igala, Gwari, Kakanda, Oworo people(A Yoruba Group), Ogori, Magongo, Idoma and the Eggan community under Lokoja Local Government.
Local Government Areas
Kogi State consists of twenty-one (21) Local Government Areas. They are: