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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 (APC)
 • 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. 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:


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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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:22:30 -0700

Babbangida is the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the state and shares boarder with Damaturu the Yobe State capital. Babbangida is 50 KMs north of Damaturu and has experienced several cases of Boko Haram invasion in the past.
Daily Trust
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:07:30 -0700

The leadership of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Yobe State and that of the coaches association have called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to wade into the election crisis rocking the Yobe State Football Association ...


Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Civil servants in the troubled Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria, have applauded the government for punctually paying their salaries despite the security challenges and the harsh economic situation across the country. The commendation came in the wake of ...

The Guardian Nigeria (satire) (press release) (blog)

The Guardian Nigeria (satire) (press release) (blog)
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 04:48:45 -0700

Gaidam-Yobe-State-governor Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state A former House of Representatives member from Yobe, Mr Ali Yakubu (APC- Nengere/Potiskum), has alleged massive rigging in the March 28 National Assembly elections in his constituency.


Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:29:14 -0700

Yobe 5th House Of Assembly Passes 24 Bills, 59 Resolutions The 5th Assembly of the Yobe State House of Assembly has passed a total of 24 Bills and 59 Resolutions, despite distractions by the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-eastern part of the ...
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:11:15 -0700

In the attack on Nannawaji village of Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, a resident, Kashim Ishaq, who accompanied the injured persons to Damaturu, told THISDAY on phone that: "Though I cannot give you the actual figure of the dead, I counted ...
Pulse Nigeria
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:03:45 -0700

The Yobe State Coordinator of the NYSC, Ibrahim Lass, said this on Thursday while addressing newsmen during the passing-out ceremony of the 2014 Batch 'B' corps members in Damaturu. Lass said the Corps has suspended orientation camp activities in ...

The Guardian Nigeria (satire) (press release) (blog)

The Guardian Nigeria (satire) (press release) (blog)
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 03:41:15 -0700

Gaidam-Yobe-State-governor Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Yobe Legislative Elections Petitions Tribunal to nullify the election of Hon. Sabo Garba (PDP- Nangere/Potiskum) over allegations of ...

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