HISTORY OF EBIRA FOURTH PAGE
The administration of all the clan heads constituting a community in Ebiraland lay in the hands of the elders, influential individuals and the chief priest (Ohinoyi).
Economically, the clan head held in trust for the clan, part of the income from all the clan lands, such as the produce from palm oil and locust bean trees during the pre-colonial period. Also, the leg of whatever game that was killed was given to him, which he shared with the kin dred heads. We so much cherish our traditional festivities in spite of the infiltration of some negative tendencies in recent times. Our people were used to coming together in the face of crisis. Thus, in moments of war, we come together as a united front to ward off the incursion of the enemy. Indeed, our people have built strong confidence in our warfare and ‘superior’ weapons – bows and arrows. The invasion of Ebira country by the Nupe (1865-1900) did not make them doubt our military superiority. Our Nupe invaders were successfully resisted by our people under our amiable warrior leader who later became Attah Omadivi.
The Nupe invasion was organized in the form of raids for slaves. But our people were soon to realize that our warfare and ‘superior’ weapons could not defend us against the British super superior weaponry in 1902. In 1895, an outstation was placed at Kabba by the Royal Niger Company and afort was built there by Captain Turner, an officer attached to the Niger Constabulary. On 1st January, 19 00, Frederick Lugard took over the government of Northern Nigeria from the Royal Niger Company and hoisted the British flag at Lokoja.
Kabba was formed into a province which included the Akoko, Kukuruku & Ebira countries, and was administered from Lokoja, which was also the headquarters of the protectorate of Northern Nigeria, with Sir William Wallace as its first Resident.