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Burutu is located in Nigeria
Coordinates: 5°21′N 5°31′E / 5.350°N 5.517°E / 5.350; 5.517
Country Nigeria
StateDelta State
HeadquartersBurutu Town
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
British stamps used at the Royal Niger Company base at Burutu in the 1890s.

Burutu is a Local Government Area in Delta State, Nigeria. It lies on the coast of the Niger Delta on two sides of the Forcados River, a channel of the River Niger, 30 kilometres (20 miles) upstream from the Bight of Benin. It has served as a link between river transport and the sea when the Royal Niger Company established a base there in the late 19th century. People living in this region are mostly of the Ijaw ethnicity.

Burutu town[edit]

Economic activities[edit]

In the first half of the twentieth century the town expanded as a result of activities of the Niger Company and later UAC which acquired the trading interest of the Niger Company and its assets at Burutu.[1] Prior to the beginning of the twentieth century, the main port of the Niger Company was at Akassa but when the water channel that opens to the sea became silted, the company moved operations Westward to Burutu close to Forcados. Burutu then served as a port terminal for Niger Company and UAC, discharging goods from ships for onward water transport to river ports in Northern Nigeria and French territories through rivers Niger and Benue.[1]

The port of Burutu was owned by UAC[2] but was later acquired by Nigeria Port Authority.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Nigeria; Commission of Enquiry into the Disturbances Which Occurred at Burutu on 21 June, 1947 (1948). "Report". Lagos: 1.
  2. ^ "An Ocean-going Vessel Alongside the Main Wharves of the United Africa Company's Private Port at Burutu, in Nigeria." Financial Times, 1 June 1954, p. 8. The Financial Times Historical Archive
  3. ^ Buxton, James. "Cargocats Revitalise Burutu." Financial Times, 18 Feb. 1976, p. 4. The Financial Times Historical Archive