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Gombe State
Location of Gombe State in Nigeria
Location of Gombe State in Nigeria
Country Nigeria
Date created1 October 1996
 • Governor
Mohammed Danjuma Goje (PDP)
 • Total18,768 km2 (7,246 sq mi)
Area rank21st of 36
 (2006 census)1
 • Total2,353,000
 • Rank33rd of 36
 • Density130/km2 (320/sq mi)
 • Year2007
 • Total$2.50 billion[1]
 • Per capita$1,036[1]
Time zoneUTC+01 (WAT)
ISO 3166 codeNG-GO
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Gombe State, located in northeastern Nigeria, is one of the country's 36 states; its capital is Gombe. The boundaries of the state roughly correspond to those of the Gombe Emirate, a traditional state.[2]

Gombe State, nicknamed the 'Jewel in the Savannah', was formed in October 1996 from part of the old Bauchi State by the Abacha military government. The state has an area of 20,265 km² and a population of around 2,353,000 people as of 2006.[3] Of the population, approximately 7.8% are HIV-infected.[4]

Administrative divisions

Gombe is divided into eleven Local Government Areas. They are:


Gombe State is mainly populated by Fulani people. [5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "C-GIDD (Canback Global Income Distribution Database)". Canback Dangel. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  2. "Gombe State". Online Nigeria Daily News. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  3. "Nigerian Population 2006". NigerianNews. Retrieved 2007-05-09.[dead link]
  4. "State Population and Development Programmes". United Nations Population Fund. Retrieved 2007-05-09.

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