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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 (2005) 2,532,395
 • 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, the state is dry and hot 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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Daily Times Nigeria
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:00:00 -0700

Sunday attacked a security location in Ngelzarma community of Fune Local Government Area of Yobe State. Witnesses said the sect members first launched attack on a military check point in the town at about 6:00pm local time. There was gun battle between ...

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Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:02:49 -0700

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members yesterday morning killed no fewer than 10 people and burnt over 100 houses in Buni Yadi village in Gujba local government area of Yobe State. LEADERSHIP SUNDAY gathered that one of the houses burnt ...

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Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:16:15 -0700

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect opened fire on worshippers who had gone to pray in a mosque in Yobe State on Saturday, killing 2o people. Survivors disclosed that the gunmen carried out the early morning strike as residents of ...
Nigerian Bulletin
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:23:08 -0700

Alhaji Adamu Dala-Dogo, Speaker, Yobe state house of Assembly on Tuesday said that Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has no plans of defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Addressing journalists in Damaturu, Dala-Dogo said the governor had never ...

Times of India

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:56:15 -0700

Boko Haram, which means “western education is a sin” in the north's Hausa language, was condemned by the United Nations in February for killing 29 students at a school in Yobe state. To contact the reporters on this story: Yinka Ibukun in Lagos at ...

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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:26:15 -0700

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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:31:32 -0700

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