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Adeyemi Olajide » Brief History of Doma People

Knowing the emirate council of Doma chiefdom is like knowing the history of Alago nation itself. The history of Doma dates back to 13th centaury A.D when the town of Doma was founded by Andoma osabonya ogoshi (c1232 AD). Because of the title leadership of Andoma of Doma over the Alago people, the history of Doma is inadvertently the history of Alago settlement in the geography area now known as Doma, Awe, Obi, keana, and Lafia Local Government Area.

The Alago people migrated to Nigeria area from the East and together with the Jukun, Igala, the Goemai and others formed the famous kwararafa empire.
The disintegration of kwararafa empire saw the movement of the Alago people to wukari, and thereafter to Idah through Ogoja. At Idah the formed a recognizable part of the Igala kingdom until their migration northwards in search of new settlement. The on-coming Alago under the leadership of Andoma Osabonya Ogoshi passed through Ankpa and Otukpo and finally crossed River Benue to the northern bank through Ogoyogo. They settle at Obasidoma. After a spell of time they match westwards and finally settled at the present site of Doma.

About 600 years after the establishment of Doma chiefdom there emerged the Beri-Beri settlers under the leadership of Dunama (c. 1789 AD) who were allow to settle but “lapiya (peacefully in present site of lafia town by Andoma Oboshi Ogah).

The arrival of British Administration in the early 20th centaury A.D met the chiefdom of Doma properly organized. Consequently, the colonial Administration could not but accord it full reorganization in 1903, subsequent upon which the Andoma Attah Omaku was presented with a fourth class staff of office by lord Lugard at Keffi. In 1909, the chieftaincy was upgraded to third class status.

The 1932 administrative reorganization of the defunct Lafia Division saw the gradual erosion of the influence of the Andoma over his traditional domain.
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