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On January 10, 1901, Lugard sent Colonel Kemball northward from Jebba with two companies from the West African Frontier Force They were joined by more men, raising the troop level to 400, all of whom were deployed in the expedition against Kontagora on January 31, Armed with Maxim guns and rifles, they were formidable against Emir Ibrahim Nagwamatse's Force of 5000 bow and arrow-slinging warriors. The colonial Force broke their resistance and look over the walled city of 25,000 residents after the Emir escaped. Kontagora was the first of the least a dozen cities in present day Northern Nigeria that fell to Lugard's troops in the first three years of the Prptectorate.