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Also, on 12 December 1991, the seat of the Federal Government was also formally relocated to Abuja.
However, Lagos still remains the financial centre of the country, and also grew to become the most populous conurbation in the country.
This article is about the city, officially known as Lagos Metropolitan Area.
Dosunmu resisted the terms of the treaty but under the threat to unleash violence on Lagos by Commander Bedingfield, Dosunmu relented and signed the Lagos Treaty of Cession on 6 August 1861.
Due to rapid urbanization, the city expanded to the west of the lagoon to include areas in the present day Lagos Mainland, Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Surulere.
This led to the classification of Lagos into two main areas - the Island, which was the initial city of Lagos, before it expanded into the area known as the Mainland.
The present-day Lagos state has a high percentage of Awori, who migrated to the area from Isheri along the Ogun river.
Throughout history, it was home to a number of warring ethnic groups who had settled in the area.The signing of the 1852 treaty ushered in the Consular Period in Lagos' history wherein Britain provided military protection to Lagos.