Uyo is the state capital of Akwa Ibom, an oil-producing state in Nigeria. The town became the capital of the state on September 23, 1987 following the creation of Akwa Ibom State from erstwhile Cross River State. The University of Uyo is located in this town. The population of Uyo, according to the 2006 Nigerian Census which comprises Uyo and Itu, is 427,873. while the urban area, including Uruan, is 554,906. A church collapse in 2016 killed more than 160 people and has garnered the city world attention.