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Benue

(bānwā`), river, W Africa, chief tributary of the NigerNiger
, great river of W Africa, c.2,600 mi (4,180 km) long, rising on the Fouta Djallon plateau, SW Guinea, and flowing NE through Guinea and into Mali. In central Mali the Niger forms its vast inland delta (c.30,000 sq mi/77,700 sq km), a maze of channels and shallow lakes.
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. It flows c.880 mi (1,416 km) W from Cameroon into the Niger River at LokojaLokoja
, town (1987 est. pop. 45,600), central Nigeria, at the junction of the Niger and Benue rivers. Lokoja is the trade and distribution center for an agricultural (chiefly cotton) region and has food-processing industries. Iron ore deposits serve the nearby Ajaokuta mill.
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, Nigeria. The Benue, which carries much commercial traffic, is almost entirely navigable by power-driven boats in August and September, the height of the rainy season. Large mineral deposits (tin, marble, limestone, gold) are exploited in the river valley.
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Benue

1. a state of SE Nigeria, formed in 1976 from part of Benue-Plateau state. Capital: Makurdi. Pop.: 3 108 754 (1995 est.). Area: 34 059 sq. km (13 150 sq. miles)
2. a river in W Africa, rising in N Cameroon and flowing west across Nigeria: chief tributary of the River Niger. Length: 1400 km (870 miles)
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[20.] Ogbe FG, Ataguba GA (2008) Studies on the feeding habits and growth patterns and reproductive biology of Malaptererus electricus, (Gmelin, 1789) in Lower Benue River, Nigeria.
Also briefing reporters, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, revealed that FEC approved Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority project for the construction of a bridge as part of constituency project in Karu, Nasarawa State at the cost of N719million.
They told the governor, elected by the people of Benue, to go and jump inside the Benue River as they would not budge.
They are also the people through whose land runs the country's second largest river, the Benue River. Acclaimed for their prowess in agriculture for centuries, they have succeeded in taming their plush and resourceful countryside and justifying their position as the breadbasket of the nation.
In 1995 it completed a pipeline connection to its Benue River field, which came on steam in early 1996 with an initial capacity of 15,000 b/d.
In Nigeria, heavy rain during August and September caused the Niger and Benue Rivers to overflow, bringing floods that displaced more than 100 000 people.