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Yobe State
Nickname(s): Pride Of The Sahel
Location of Yobe State in Nigeria
Location of Yobe State in Nigeria
Coordinates: 12°00′N 11°30′E / 12.000°N 11.500°E / 12.000; 11.500Coordinates: 12°00′N 11°30′E / 12.000°N 11.500°E / 12.000; 11.500
Country  Nigeria
Date created 27 August 1991
Capital Damaturu
 • Governor
Ibrahim Geidam (ANPP)
 • Total 45,502 km2 (17,568 sq mi)
Area rank 6th of 36
Population (1991 census)
 • Total 1,411,481
 • Estimate (2011) 2,757,000 Increase
 • Rank 32nd of 36
 • Density 31/km2 (80/sq mi)
 • Year 2007
 • Total $2.01 billion[1]
 • Per capita $843[1]
Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-YO

Yobe State is a state located in Northern Nigeria. A mainly agricultural state, it was created on August 27, 1991. Yobe state was carved out of Borno State. The capital of Yobe state is Damaturu.


The state borders the Nigerian states of Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, and Jigawa. It borders the Diffa Region and the Zinder Region to the north in The Republic of Niger. Because the state lies mainly in the dry savanna belt, conditions are hot and dry for most the year, except in the southern part of the state which has a milder climate.


Yobe State came into being on the 27 August 1991. It was carved out of the old Borno State by the Babangida administration. Yobe State was created because the old Borno State was one of Nigeria's largest states in terms of land area and was therefore considered to be too large for easy administration and meaningful development. Ethnic rivalries within the old Borno State also contributed to the decision.[2]

On 14 May 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Yobe State along with neighboring Borno State and Adamawa State, due to the activities of the terrorist network Boko Haram.[3]

Local Government Areas[edit]

Yobe State consists of 17 local government areas, or LGAs. They are:


While Yobe state is an agricultural state it also has rich fishing grounds and mineral deposits of gypsum in Fune LGA, kaolin, and quartz. The state's agricultural products include: gum arabic, groundnuts, beans, cotton. The state is also said to have one of the largest cattle markets in West Africa located in Potiskum.

Ethnic groups[edit]

The major ethnic group living in Yobe State are Kanuri, while other ethnic communities include Ngizim, Kare-Kare, Bolewa, Bade, Hausa, Ngamo and Shuwa, Fulani (Bura), maga.


The population is mainly Muslim. Sharia law is valid and Boko Haram is active.[4] No Roman Catholic diocese has its seat in the state.


External links[edit]

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The Guardian
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:52:30 -0700

THE immediate past Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama, yesterday said his decision to govern Yobe State is based on resolve to reverse what he described as unfavourable development indices that characterised the state for the good of all ...
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 00:07:30 -0700

Nuhu added that the items would be distributed by NEMA staff in collaboration officials of the Yobe State Government and Red Cross throughout the state. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Abdu Bulama, said the relief items were in furtherance to ...
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 08:23:12 -0700

Damaturu — A retired permanent secretary with the Yobe State Government, Yahaya Mohammed, said his decision to contest the state's governorship position was borne out of his desire to save the state's backward health and education sectors. Mohammed ...

Leadership Newspapers

Leadership Newspapers
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:52:30 -0700

Ngama, who made the disclosure after picking his nomination and expression of interest forms as an aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), revealed that Yobe state ranks last in any development statistics conducted in the ...

DailyPost Nigeria

DailyPost Nigeria
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 06:55:30 -0700

image Reports reaching DailyPost from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital reveal that heavy battle is currently going on at Buni Yadi in Gujba local government area of the state between members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram and Nigerian soldiers.

The Nation Newspaper

The Nation Newspaper
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 19:15:00 -0700

There are 116,000 people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Yobe State, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said yesterday. Relief items worth N500m have been distributed to the 116,000 internally displaced persons by the ...
The Guardian Nigeria
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:15:00 -0700

VIOLENCE has erupted again in Yobe state, as gunmen suspected to be from the Boko Haram terror group kidnapped an 80-year old monarch, the Waziri of Jajere, Hussaini Biriri, on Tuesday night in Biriri town of Tarmuwa council area of the state.
The Guardian Nigeria
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0700

THE hope of 17, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from two council areas of Yobe State to return to their captured towns and villages was dashed on Sunday when five communities in Borno and Adamawa states were attacked by suspected Boko ...

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