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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
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.
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:48:45 -0700

PDP The People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe State has summoned an extraordinary stakeholders meeting of the party ahead of the 2015 general elections. The meeting, chaired by the State Caretaker Chairman of the party, Sule Abdulkadir Doguwa, ...
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 ...

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 Guardian Nigeria
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:17:59 -0700

THE Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigerian (FMBN) and members of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has donated relief materials to internally displaced persons from two council areas of Yobe state recently captured by Boko Haram insurgents. The affected ...

Leadership Newspapers

Leadership Newspapers
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:33:45 -0700

Happy with his stance against the move by Federal government to construct a dam in their area, about 200,000 fishermen, irrigation farmers and livestock breeders in six local government areas of Yobe state had yesterday offered to purchase a nomination ...

DailyPost Nigeria

DailyPost Nigeria
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:00:00 -0700

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Wednesday, stated that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are in charge of determining and issuing out expression of interest or nomination forms to those wishing to stand for elective ...

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