Bama, Nigeria

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Bama, Nigeria
LGA and town
Country  Nigeria
State Borno State
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)

Bama is a Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Bama.

It has an area of 4,997 km² and a population of 269,986 at the 2006 census.

The postal code of the area is 610.[1]

It is located "about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state".[2]

It is one of the sixteen LGAs that constitute the Dikwa Emirate, a traditional state located in Borno State, Nigeria.[3]


The town was attacked by Boko Haram in May 2013 and February 2014.[4][5] As of 22 June 2014,

The two border towns of Bama and Gwoza have been cut off since the declaration of a state of emergency with soldiers blocking the roads linking the town to the state capital, Maiduguri ... Escapees from Bama were forced to take bush routes through Dikwa, a town 60km away from Bama and 150km from Maiduguri to get to the state capital.[6]

On September 2, 2014, Boko Haram seized control of Bama, according to the town's residents. The military has yet to comment on the alleged capture of the town.[7]


  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Africa - Suspected Islamist rebels raid northeast Nigerian town". France 24. 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  3. ^ Nigeria (2000). Nigeria: a people united, a future assured. 2, State Surveys (Millennium ed ed.). Abuja, Nigeria: Federal Ministry of Information. p. 106. ISBN 9780104089. 
  4. ^ Ross, Will (2013-05-07). "Nigeria: 'Many dead in Boko Haram raid' in Borno state". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  5. ^ Ross, Will (2014-02-19). "Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Bama attack mars victory claims". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  6. ^ Ola' Audu. "Boko Haram sacks residents of Bama, Gwoza in Borno". Premium Times. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  7. ^ Nigeria's Boko Haram 'seize' Bama town in Borno

Coordinates: 11°31′08″N 13°41′03″E / 11.51889°N 13.68417°E / 11.51889; 13.68417