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Yobe State
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
Government
 • Governor
(List)
Ibrahim Geidam (ANPP)
Area
 • 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)
GDP (PPP)
 • 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.

Geography[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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. Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, was born in Shekau village of Yobe.[3]

Local Government Areas[edit]

Yobe State consists of seventeen (17) Local Government Areas (or LGAs). They are:

Economy[edit]

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.

Religion[edit]

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.

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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CHANNELS TELEVISION

CHANNELS TELEVISION
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:45:00 -0700

Following reports from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the Governor said that election in the state went on smoothly despite initial fear of security in the troubled north east geopolitical zone of the country. With successes recorded during ...

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NAIJ.COM
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:42:30 -0700

Boko Haram insurgents have caused elections in Gombe state to be suspended while voters in Yobe State were killed fulfilling their promise to disrupt elections . According to Leadership newspaper, two people were left dead following the attack on two ...

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:33:45 -0700

In a Statement on Friday, the spokesman for the military, Major General Chris Olukolade, said the discovery was made during ongoing cordon and search by troops in Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State. He said a large quantity of IEDs, ...

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CHANNELS TELEVISION
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:57:50 -0700

Nigerian troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorist group in the nation's north-east have taken over Goniri town in Yobe State, clearing terrorists from the location. The troops reclaimed the town on Monday morning after clearing the terrorists from the ...

CHANNELS TELEVISION

CHANNELS TELEVISION
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:00:00 -0700

Political activities seem to have picked up fully in Gujba and Gulani council areas of Yobe State earlier under the control of the Boko Haram insurgency. This is sequel to military operation in the hitherto volatile Council Areas located south of ...

CHANNELS TELEVISION

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:54:08 -0700

Three people were also reported to have been killed in Yobe State, also in Nigeria's northeast, while voting was going on. Earlier in Enugu, tragedy was averted after a Honda car driven by yet to be identified persons and conveying items suspected to ...

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AllAfrica.com
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:35:01 -0700

Abuja — The Nigerian military fighting the Boko Haram militants in the North East have discovered a bomb making factory where improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used by terrorists were being produced. The Director, Defence Information, Major General ...

DailyPost Nigeria

Daily Trust
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:59:54 -0700

Damaturu — The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday cited security concerns as the reason why the presidential campaign rally of retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari was shelved in Yobe State. The Yobe state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, ...
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