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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.[3]

Local Government Areas[edit]

Yobe State consists of 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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NBCNews.com
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 03:30:09 -0800

DAMATURU, Nigeria — A suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 48 people at a school assembly in northeastern Nigeria on Monday, a hospital official said. Most of the victims were students. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the ...

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Huffington Post
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 05:44:35 -0800

In the suicide bombing in Potiskum in Yobe state, a territory at the heart of an insurgency by Sunni Muslim Boko Haram rebels, the attacker joined the line of Shi'ites before setting off his device as they marched through a market in the town, resident ...
 
AllAfrica.com
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:52:30 -0800

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State yesterday marked two years of his administration's special youth empowerment scheme by giving recruitment letters to 102 more diploma holders who have been enrolled into the state's youth empowerment scheme.
 
The Guardian
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:37:30 -0700

By Njadvara Musa. Damaturu — Former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Waziri, has pledged to end Boko Haram insurgency and other criminal activities if the electorate votes for him to become the governor of Yobe State at the 2015 general elections.
 
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Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:18:45 -0800

The Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, while reacting to the bombing that occurred on Monday in Potiskum, Yobe State, which killed no fewer than 40 students and injured 79 others, described the state as one under emergency rule. Abba made ...
 
BreakingNews.com
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 04:55:21 -0800

Editor's note: We are aware of reports that Nigeria's military is claiming a truce has been reached with Boko Haram militants that includes the release of the schoolgirls abducted 6 months ago. We are looking for further confirmation on such a deal ...
 
THISDAY Live
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:33:45 -0800

Yobe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has declared Friday as a public holiday to enable Muslims and Christians across the state to offer special prayers for the repose of the souls of the students who were recently killed in the attack on a ...

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www.worldbulletin.net
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:22:45 -0800

Meanwhile, suspected Boko Haram militants on Tuesday reportedly captured another town in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state, a police source has said. Militants stormed Ngalda, a remote community in Yobe State, in a convoy of three Hilux vehicles but ...
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