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Agulu is the largest non-metropolitan town east of the Niger river. It is only smaller in population and land mass than commercial centers like Onitsha and Nnewi or government and business center like Enugu.
It is made up of 20 villages. Each of these villages started as early men came of age and moved out on their own, migrating from pioneer Igbo settlements like Aguleri, Enugwu-Ukwu, etc, and established new homes. Each village has its origin and therefore relatives in one of the pioneer towns.

Igbos, it is "universally" believed, are descendants of Eri, son of Gad who was a son of Jacob. As one of the lost sons of Jacob, Eri and his entourage wandered the desert for years and ended up in Igala1. The Igala people have been expecting their King for years and burst in jubilation when they saw the regal figure of Eri. Eri, however determined that he cannot be their king since Igala was not where he was predestined to settle down. You see, he was instructed to travel south and that his covenant can only be unlocked when he arrives at a predestined river bank. The covenant, of course, unlocked at Eri Aka near present day Agulueri.
So, from Agulueri his children, as they came of age, spread out to virgin territory to start their own families which grew into todays towns.

Agulu has a Police station, two banks (UBA, Springbank) and a Microfinance bank (Udoka Microfinance),. There is a general hospital and a health center, a technical skills center, six high schools, a thriving motor park and several daily markets. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) has a lab complex and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UniZik) has a campus (School of Pharmacy) in Agulu also.

Agulu boasts 5 catholic and 4 Anglican parishes. The 2010 Anglican Synod was hosted by St. Peter's Anglican Church Agulu.

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