Keffi is a town in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Keffi. Keffi is 50 kilometers from Abuja. Nasarawa State university is located in Keffi sitting along Keffi-Akwanga express way.

LGA and Town
Country Nigeria
StateNasarawa State
HeadquartersKeffi Town
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

It has an area of 138 km2 and a population of about 92,664 at the 2006 census. The postal code of the area is 961.[1]

Keffi town was founded around 1802 by a Fulani warrior leader Abdu Zanga who took the title of emir.[2] His small dominion was subject to the Zaria emirate to which it had to pay an annual tribute of slaves.[3]

In 1902 Keffi was the location of an incident that led to the British invasion of Northern Nigeria, after the "magaji", a representative of the Zaria sultan killed a British officer. When the Magaji found refuge in Kano, this was the pretext for Lugard to invade the northern caliphate.[4][5]

Notable people


  1. "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
  2. Keffi, an Encyclopaedia Britannica entry, lookup ion March 2019
  3. The Ancient City of Keffi (Nasarawa State), Muzzammilwrites blog dated 22 November 2017, lookup in March 2019. The blogpost quotes from "Notes on Nassarawa Province, Nigeria", by Sciortino, J. C, p.7, Publication date ca. 1920, original accessible via [
  4. cf. Sciortino p.7
  5. Dusgate, Richard H (1985). The conquest of Northern Nigeria. London: Frank Cass. pp. 166-167. ISBN 0-7146-3227-9.