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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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Daily Sun

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:07:30 -0800

The dreaded Boko Haram insurgents on Friday attacked security formations in Damagum the headquarters of Fune Local Government Area of Yobe state, north-east Nigeria, witnesses have said. Damagum is 73 kilometres away from Damaturu the Yobe state ...

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:22:30 -0800

Suspected Boko Haram militants have launched a daring attack on a town in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state, setting some public and private buildings ablaze, a local official said Saturday. A gang of Boko Haram militants stormed Damagun, a bustling ...

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Reuters
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 01:09:35 -0800

The insurgents raided the Yobe state capital Damaturu at dawn, setting fire to a mobile police station and shooting at an air force jet that was circling their forces and dropping bombs, according to witnesses. Yobe state police commissioner Marcus ...

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:56:15 -0800

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:57:49 -0800

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:03:45 -0800

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Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:51:08 -0800

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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:33:20 -0800

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