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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; 11.96111
Country Nigeria
StateYobe State
 • 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 is a Local Government Area in Yobe State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Damaturu, the State capital.

The postal code of the area is 620.[1] The Local Government Area has an area of 2,366 km² and a population of 88,014 at the 2006 census.

The town of Damaturu is on the A3 highway and has an estimated 2010 population of 44,268. [2] Damaturu is the headquarters of the Damaturu Emirate, at one time part of the Ngazaragamo emirate based in Gaidam.[3]

On 16 June 2013, Damaturu was the site of an attack by Boko Haram. Militants attacked a school and killed thirteen people, including students and teachers.[4]

On 26 October 2013, suspected Boko Haram militants engaged security forces in a lengthy gun battle and raided a hospital in Damaturu.[5]

On 1 December 2014, suspected Boko Haram militants carried out attacks on the city. The assault began shortly after 5:00 am local time. 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]


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.


  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on November 26, 2012. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
  2. ^ "The World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-04-04.
  3. ^ ISMAIL OMIPIDAN (June 17, 2011). "Boko Haram: how it all started". The Sun (Nigeria). Archived from the original on 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  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.

Coordinates: 11°44′40″N 11°57′40″E / 11.74444°N 11.96111°E / 11.74444; 11.96111