Abi Local Government Area is in the Central Senatorial District of Cross River State. The headquarters of the local government area is Itigidi. There are ten wards in the local government area.
Local Government Area
Location of Abi Local Government Area in Cross River State
|Local Government Headquarter||Itigidi|
|Chairman||Rt. Hon. Farathor Robinson Riman|
|Leader of Legislative Council||Hon. Iteh John|
Abi Local Government Area is bounded in the West by Ebonyi State, to the south by Biase LGA and to the East by Yakurr LGA.
People from Abi come from the Agbo subgroup of Igbo. One of the largest tribes within Abi Local Government is Bahumono, which includes eight villages: Anong, Ediba, Usumutong, Abeugo, Afafanyi, Igonigoni, Ebom, and Ebiriba.
There are linguistic differences among the Bahumono people with the major variant being the Ohumono language. They are all historically known to have migrated from a place within the hills of Ruhura (ekpon a ruhura) called Hotumusa (old town) which lies in a region between the present day Ediba and Usumutong villages.
The Ediba people at Hotumusa had hunters who found a riverine location where Ediba situates presently. The hunters related the news to her people and Ogbudene led the people in a siege against the locals of the river dwelling and drove them across the river. Four of Five of the Ediba families (Henugwehuma, Henusokwe, Enihom and Henuowom) quickly left and colonised the river area. The Ezono clan (made up of Bazorang, Batonene and Fonahini), the last family, decided to stay back at Hotumusa, where they had always been the head land owners and leading family among the other five.
This small clan has had its own dynastic legacy, festivals, deities and new yam celebrations to this day.
Local Government Wards
There are ten wards in the local government area. The wards are:
Languages in Abi LGA are Agwagwune; Ikwo-Igbo
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