Gombe, Gombe State
|• Emir||Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar|
|• Total||52 km2 (20 sq mi)|
|Population (2006 Census)|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+1)|
|3-digit postal code prefix||760|
|ISO 3166 code||NG.GO.GO|
Gombe is a city in north-eastern Nigeria (and a Local Government Area). It is the capital city of Gombe State and has an estimated population of 261,536. The city is the headquarters of the Gombe Emirate, a traditional state that covers most of Gombe State. Recent[when?] developments include an electrical generation operation forming the basis for the Dadin Kowa water project and the opening of the new Gombe Lawanti International Airport serving Gombe State.
Gombe State is mainly populated by Fulani People or Fulbe, constituting more than half of the state population (more than 50%) Other minor ethnic groups include the Hausa, Bolewa, Tera, Tangale, Waja, Kanuri to mention a few.
The LGA has an area of 52 km² and a population of 268,000 at the 2006 census.
The current Governor is Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo.
Gombe is served by Gombe Lawanti International Airport, and by a station on the eastern mainline of the national railway network and Gombe Line Terminal in mid-city. On Feb. 1, President Goodluck Jonathan announced that the Gombe -Kafancha-Kaduna intercity train services had been "rehabilitated", saying "the inauguration of the train services was crucial to the growth and development of the Gombe and other adjoining states." "Minister of Transport, Idris Umar ... flagged off the Gombe-Kafanchan- Port Harcourt and Gombe- Kafanchan-Kaduna intercity train services."
Culture and education
In 2008 an agreement was reached "to set up anti-venom manufacturing plant in Kaltungo General Hospital in Gombe," and provide medical training for snakebite patients. The Gombe State government ordered an additional N4 million in anti-venom for the hospital in 2009, due to a local increase in snakebites.
Violence in 2014 and 2015
On 1 January 2015, a suicide bomber attacked a New Year's Eve service at a Gombe church, injuring several people. On 14 January 2015, a suicide bomber killed two people and left 14 wounded at a Gombe mosque.
On 2 February 2015, just minutes after a campaign rally by Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan, an attack by a female suicide bomber left one person dead and eighteen injured. Two blasts had occurred in the city the previous day, leaving five people dead. Local residents "have set up checkpoints to defend Gombe" according to the BBC.
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