Zone Nine (9) was established in December 2000, but commenced its operation in January, 2001. It is located in the South-East Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria and comprises of Imo, Ebonyi and Abia States, with its Headquarters in Umuahia. The entire Zone has a total land mass of about 17,520 square kilometers.
Imo State, the “Eastern Heartland”, has a land mass of 5,530 square kilometers, covering 27 Local Government Areas, with its capital in Owerri; while Ebonyi State, the “Salt of the Nation”, has a land mass of 5,670 square kilometers, covering 13 Local Government Areas with its capital in Abakaliki. The third State, Abia State, the “God’s own State”, has a land area of 6,320 square kilometers, covering 17 Local Government Areas with its capital in Umuahia.