Imo State came into existence in 1976 along with other new states created under the leadership of Gen. Murtala Muhammad, having been previously part of East-Central State. The state is named after the Imo River. Part of it was split in 1991 as Abia State, and another part became Ebonyi State.
The main towns are Owerri, Isu, Okigwe, Oguta, Orlu, Mbaise, Mbieri, Orodo and Orsu. The Orashi River has its source in this state. The local language is Igbo and Christianity is the predominant religion. The state has a three-tier administrative structure: State, Local and Autonomous community levels.
Imo State lies within latitudes 4°45’N and 7°15’N, and longitude 6°50’E and 7°25’E and covers an area roughly 5,100sq km. It is bordered by Abia State on the East, by the River Niger and Delta State on the west, by Anambra State to the north and Rivers State to the south.
The state is rich in natural resources including crude oil, natural gas, lead, zinc. Economically exploitable flora like the iroko, mahogany, obeche, bamboo, rubber tree and oil palm predominate.
Imo State Official Website | Eastern heartland
Source: Wikipedia & State Website