Damaturu is a Local Government Area and the capital city of Yobe State in northern Nigeria.[1] It is the headquarters of the Damaturu Emirate.[2]

LGA and city
Damaturu is located in Nigeria
Coordinates: 11°44′40″N 11°57′40″E / 11.74444°N 11.96111°E / 11.74444; 11.96111Coordinates: 11°44′40″N 11°57′40″E / 11.74444°N 11.96111°E / 11.74444; 11.96111
Country Nigeria
StateYobe State
 • Local Government ChairmanBukar Adamu (APC)
 • Total2,366 km2 (914 sq mi)
 (2006 census)
 • Total88,014
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
3-digit postal code prefix
ISO 3166 codeNG.YO.DA


Damaturu came into existence as a colony when it was carved out of the Alagarno district by the British. It resulted in the conquest of the Bornu Empire in 1902 by colonial forces under the command of Colonel Thomas Morland.

Boko HaramEdit

Damaturu has been attacked many times by Boko Haram jihadist insurgents in their violent campaign to establish a caliphate in the northeast.[3]

In November 2011, they killed over 100 people in a series of attacks.

In December 2011, they carried out two bombings.

In June 2012, 40 insurgents broke into a prison. 40 inmates escaped and eight people were killed.

In June 2013, insurgents attacked a school and killed thirteen people, including students and teachers.[4]

In October 2013, militants engaged security forces in a lengthy gun battle and raided a hospital.[5]

In December 2014, militants carried out attacks again. Gunshots and explosions were heard and a base of the riot police was reported to have been set on fire. Yobe State University also came under attack.[6]

In February 2015, a teenage female suicide bomber killed 16 people at a bus station.

In February 2020, a massacre occurred in Auno on the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway. Insurgents killed 30 commuters, burned vehicles and kidnapped people.[7][8][9]


The postal code of the area is 620.[10] The Local Government Area has an area of 2,366 km2 and a population of 88,014 at the 2006 census.[2]

The town of Damaturu is on the A3 highway and in 2010 had an estimated population of 44,268. [11]

The northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude passes through the area, including 12°00′00″N 12°00′00″E / 12.00000°N 12.00000°E / 12.00000; 12.00000 in the north.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Damaturu | Location & Facts | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  2. ^ a b Omipidan, Ismail (June 17, 2011). "Boko Haram: how it all started". The Sun (Nigeria). Archived from the original on 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  3. ^ "Boko Haram attacks Yobe community, targets Damaturu, destroys phone..." 2020-02-16. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  4. ^ "Nigeria militants kill school children in Maiduguri". BBC News. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Nigerian militants raid northern city of Damaturu". BBC News. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Nigerian unrest: Damaturu city 'under militant attack'". BBC News. 1 December 2014.
  7. ^ "30 Killed in Boko Haram Attack on Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway". THISDAYLIVE. 2020-02-10. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  8. ^ "Many stranded as Boko Haram attacks communities on Damaturu-Maiduguri road". TheCable. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  9. ^ "Boko Haram seizes Damaturu-Maiduguri road, travelers stranded". Pulse Nigeria. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  10. ^ "Post Offices - with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on November 26, 2012. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
  11. ^ "The World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-04-04.