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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,[4] 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.[5] No Roman Catholic diocese has its seat in the state.


External links[edit]

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582 news items

Leadership Newspapers
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:54:45 -0700

The Yobe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Yobe has described as provocative media reports associating former Borno state governor Ali Modu Sherriff with allegations of a plan to remove governors of Yobe and Borno states.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:37:30 -0700

Damaturu — Over 1,000 cows died in a rainstorm in Yobe State Sunday night and were later slaughtered and taken to Damaturu, the state capital, for sale. Haro Aridojo, a herder from Mungono village in Tarmowa LG said 29 of his 30 cattle died in the storm.

The Streetjournal

The Streetjournal
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:45:00 -0700

October 25, 2011: A policeman was shot dead in his house in a targeted attack by suspected Boko Haram members in Damaturu, Yobe State. October 29, 2011: Sheikh Ali Jana'a, a Muslim cleric was gunned down outside his home in the Bulabulin Ngarnam ...


The Guardian Nigeria
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:52:30 -0700

AS the gale of impeachment sweeps across All Progressives Congress (APC) states in the North, Borno and Yobe state governments however; Monday said the “evil plots will fail,” as members of the states' legislators are intact without any political ...
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0700

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe State has said the story linking former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, with an impeachment plot of both Borno and Yobe State governors, Kashim Shettima and Ibrahim Gaidam respectively, “could not be ...
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:48:45 -0700

Speaking with LEADERSHIP Weekend from Potiskum, Yobe State, Ustaz Ibrahim Kolo said "the last three days of Ramadan are very important in Islam. Although not compulsory, all Muslims are expected to give Zakkat to the poor to enable them cook to mark ...
The Guardian
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:11:15 -0700

Nevertheless, the Yobe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday denied the alleged impeachment plot against Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, describing it as "provocative media report" and linking it with the former governor, Ali Modu ...


Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:41:15 -0700

Ramadan: Yobe To Subsidize N425 Million Worth Of Grains. governor_ibrahim_gaidam(1) The Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has ordered the 17 local government councils in the state to procure a total of 42, 500 bags of grains for immediate ...

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