One of Nigeria’s 36 states is Gombe state and it is located in the country’s northeast. General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s former military head of state, carved it out of Bauchi state on 1st October 1996. Besides Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa states, Gombe state also shares boundaries with Bauchi and Taraba states. The majority of the population are Fulani. The jewel in the Savannah is how the state is referred to.
So today, I will be listing out the richest men from Gombe state and all you need to know about them.
Richest Men In Gombe State
1. Abubakar Buba Atare
In December 2009, his father Buba K. Atare died and he became the second Mai or King of Tula Chiefdom. He was crowned on 21 December 2009 after his father’s death. Mai Abubakar was a first-year engineering student at Middlesex University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the time of his appointment. Dr Abubakar Kokiya Atare Buba is the second Mai or King of the Tula Chiefdom in Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State.
2. Idris Abubakar
Gombe State, Nigeria, is the place of Abubakar’s birth on November 13, 1955. Idris Abubakar became a lawyer and was the principal partner of Idris Abubakar & Co with offices in Bauchi and Lagos. He was a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives during the Third Republic (1992–1993), which failed to materialize.
When Idris Abubakar was first elected to the Senate in June 1999, he was appointed to the Rules and Procedures, Banking and Currency, and Water Resources and Privatization committees (chairman). In November 1999, he sought to replace Senator Evans Enwerem as Senate President. Abubakar then moved to impeach President Olusegun Obasanjo for failing to execute the Appropriations Act.
3. Shehu Abubakar
As a child, Abubakar was raised in the Gombe Doma neighborhood. He was the fifth son of Mallam Abubakar Umar, the ninth Emir of Gombe. Elementary and middle schools were his schools of choice in Bauchi, Nigeria. Abubakar graduated from the secondary school Barewa College in Zaria, Nigeria, in 1966.
Abubakar began his professional career as an engineering assistant at the erstwhile Gombe Native Authority. Kaduna Institute of Administration’s Technical Training Centre was the next stop for him. The previous North-Eastern State Government and the now-defunct Bauchi State Government hired Abubakar as their Permanent Secretary for Parastatals, Local Government, Animals and Forestry, and Establishments.
Permanent Secretary and two-term member, he also served on the National Universities Commission (NUC).
4. Edward Lametek Adamu
Adamu is a Nigerian quantity surveyor, business consultant, and leadership strategist who specializes in the field of leadership. In addition to being the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, he is also the president of the Nigerian Institute of Management. President Muhammadu Buhari nominated him for the job on 1 February 2018, replacing Suleiman Barau, who retired in December 2017. The Nigerian Senate unanimously confirmed him on March 22, 2018.
Since 2016, he has been the Director of Human Resources at the Nigerian Central Bank. Adamu also serves as the chairman of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) (AMCON)
5. Jean Andeka
A politician in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jean Andeka (born in Gombe) ran for president in the 2011 election. The first contender to file for election, he is an attorney in Gombe who graduated from the University of Kinshasa.
6. Eli Jidere Bala
On September 19, 1954, he was born in Gelengu, a city in Gombe State, Nigeria’s Balanga Local Government Area. He studied mechanical engineering at the prominent Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, earning a Bachelor of Engineering (B.eng) degree in 1977 and a Master of Engineering (M.eng) degree in 1980. In 1984, he received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Energy from Cranfield Institute of Technology in the United Kingdom. A graduate assistant at the university, he was promoted to senior lecturer in 1987. In 2004, he was promoted to professor of applied energy.
7. Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa
Justice Zainab was born on March 30, 1950, in New York. Having been admitted to the law in 1976, she was appointed to the Nigerian Courts of Appeal in 1998 as a Justice. In her previous position, she served as a judge at the Bauchi State High Court. Supreme Court of Nigeria dismissed her case challenging Seriake Dickson’s nomination as State flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2007. She also presided over a suit in which Timipre Sylva contested Seriake Dickson’s nomination as State flagbearer in 2007.
Vice-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan appointed her to the position on April 17, 2014. She was sworn in by former Chief Justice of Nigeria Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, who was the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.
8. Victor Mela Danzaria
A politician in the Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe State, Victor Mela Danzaria was born in 1973. The Gombe State Federal Constituency Balanga-Billiri Member of the Nigerian House of Representatives and Vice Chairman of the Solid Minerals Committee.
Since its creation in 2016, he has been an active member and executive of The Nigerian-Canadian Association of Saskatchewan (NCAs).
As a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he received 45,112 votes, defeating Ali Isa JC, who received 35,395 votes.
Jos University, Plateau State, granted him a master’s degree in geology.
9. Helon Habila
His birthplace was Kaltungo, Gombe State, Nigeria. He is the son of Helon Habila. While at the University of Jos, he studied English Language and Literature and taught for three years at the Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi, Nigeria. The following year, he moved to Lagos to write for Hints magazine, and then moved to the Vanguard newspaper to serve as Literary Editor. When Prison Stories was published in 2000, Habila won the Music Society of Nigeria’s (MUSON) national poetry award for his poem “Another Age.” “Love Poems”, a tale from that collection, awarded him the Caine Prize in 2001. The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize was awarded to him in 2003 for his debut novel, Waiting for an Angel (Africa Region, Best First Book)
10. Manasseh Daniel Jatau
He was born on December 29, 1955 in Balanga, Nigeria. Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya appointed him as his deputy for the 2019 Nigerian general elections.
Other riches people in Gombe include;
- Musa Makaniki
- Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar
- Joshua M. Lidani
- Aliyu Modibbo Umar
- Amina J. Mohammed
- Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya
After taking you a tour to northern Nigeria, we have provided you with information as regards the richest men in Gombe, their businesses, profiles, and what you need to know about these men.