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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. 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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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:52:30 -0700

The source also told Channels Television that the bomber did not die on the spot as he was taken to the Potiskum General Hospital where he later died. The Yobe State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Toyin Gbadegesin, who confirmed the ...


Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:31:41 -0700

Declaring the results at the INEC headquarters in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the Returning Officer for the election in the state and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, said Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of the ...

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Anadolu Agency
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:56:15 -0700

At least 21 people were reportedly killed when gunmen believed to be Boko Haram fighters ran into them in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe State over the weekend. "On Saturday, 21 people, all men, ran into some Boko Haram fighters who killed them after ...


Fri, 01 May 2015 07:48:45 -0700

The May Day celebration in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria was low-key as it was marked by press briefing instead of the usual ceremony by Labour and Trade Unions in the state. To commemorate the day, the unions converged on the office of the Nigeria ...


Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:26:15 -0700

Lagos PDP The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe state on Thursday alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has imported hoodlums and thugs from neighbouring Bauchi State with the intention of causing violence during the polls.


Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:22:30 -0700

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and others for conducting a peaceful election across the country. Speaking shortly after casting his vote in Bukarti town of Yunusari Local Government ...
Ghanaian Chronicle
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:15:00 -0700

Meanwhile ngrguardiannews.com reports that over a dozen of suspected Boko Haram gunmen in a convoy of Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles laden with explosives yesterday attacked Bultaram Village in Gujba Local Council of Yobe State killing 21 ...


Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09:12:25 -0700

The residents of Yobe State have outlined their expectations from the Governor and the winner of the April 11 governorship election, saying they want security of lives and more female representation in his second term. They made the demand on Saturday ...

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