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LGA and city
Gate to the palace of the emir of Zazzau
Gate to the palace of the emir of Zazzau
Flag of Zaria
Zaria is located in Nigeria
Coordinates: 11°04′N 7°42′E / 11.067°N 7.700°E / 11.067; 7.700
Country Nigeria
StateKaduna State
 • EmirAmb. Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli
 • Total563 km2 (217 sq mi)
 (2006 Census)
 • Total408,198
 • Density730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (WAT)

Zaria is a major city in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria, as well as being a Local Government Area.

It was one of the original seven Hausa city-states. Today, it is known for housing Nigeria's largest university, Ahmadu Bello University.

In December 2015, Nigeria's military was reported to have killed 300 Shia Muslims and buried their bodies in a mass grave. Although the government denies the event, it has been described as a Massacre.[1]

Notable births and residents[change | change source]

  • Shola Ameobi, football player
  • Umaru Dikko, minister in the second republic
  • Nuhu Bamalli, minister of foreign affairs in the first republic.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mass graves for '300 Shia Nigerians' in Zaria". BBC News. 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2016-11-05.