History of European Cemetery, Lokoja European Cemetery, Lokoja. The largest of its kind in Nigeria, this cemetery contains the remains of missionaries and European soldiers of the West African Frontier Force stationed in Lokoja between 1867 and 1926. Security/Safety of European Cemetery, Lokoja This is a very safe location. What To Bring Before heading to European Cemetery, Lokoja, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Camera if you fancy documenting your visit Best Features A short distance from the Local Government centres, this cemetery is as large as two football pitches. Buried within these fenced grounds are men and women who shaped the course of Nigerian history from as far back as the 19th century as evidenced by some headstones dating around the 1800s. There are brief inscriptions about those buried. In some places, the inscriptions give details on the buried people such as their names, professions, addresses, and even nature of death. Writer's Review Despite its historic significance, the cemetery has seen better years. It is unkempt and scattered with wilted leaves and weeds. Even its fence is crumbling in some parts. However, there are plans to re-groom the cemetery to match its status and importance. In spite of its physical condition, this is a colonial monument worthy of visiting and reliving anytime one visit this naturally and colonially endowed city.
History of Lord Lugard's Rest House Lord Lugard's Rest House. On landing in Lokoja, the then capital of the Northern Protectorate, Lord Lugard was so fascinated by Mount Patti, he built a rest house on its peak for relaxation and the viewing pleasure of the sprawling town. Security/Safety of Lord Lugard's Rest House This is a very safe location. What To Bring Before heading to Lord Lugard's Rest House, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Climbing gear if you prefer going on foot to the Rest House. Camera to capture the adventures of the day and lovely sights Best Features Once a refuge for locals and settlers, Lord Lugard had the area cleared of such refugees and built his rest house for both recreational and observational purposes. Built in the 20th century circa 1900, the rest house sits graciously on top of the mount overlooking Lokoja and its wonders. Writer's Review The rest house has been preserved both by nature and government intervention to look as it was during Lord Lugard's days. It was built from locally sourced stones although its roof has been repaired using modern materials. There are two statures by the side. That of the two occupants of the rest house, Lord Lugard and his wife. There are also flags of Great Britain and Nigeria by the statures. It is seen as a mini-museum of colonial history and if you are on a tour, the tour guide is sure to give a brief view of live during the Lugard period. It is nice to take a time off your hiking and view this historic site given its significance.
History of Lord Lugard's Residence and Office Lord Lugard's Residence and Office was built in 1901. Now hosting the State Government House, this was the first residence and office of the Lord Lugard on getting to Nigeria. Security/Safety of Lord Lugard's Residence and Office This is a very safe location. What To Bring Before heading to Lord Lugard's Residence and Office, here are some helpful things to take along with you: Camera to capture the sights and take selfies with Best Features Retaining its original structure with minor renovations to reflect the taste of time, this white building with columns and rocks served as the seat of Lord Lugard's power during the time when Lokoja served as the capital of the Northern Protectorate. Many decades after, not wanting to do away with the colonial legacies of the city, the State Government made it the Government House when it was created in 1991, thereby retaining its importance as the apex powerhouse of Kogi State.