Potiskum Cattle Market
Potiskum is the largest city in Yobe state with booming business in the area. It has one of the largest Cattle market in Africa and the largest in West Africa. Most of the cattle are transported to other parts of the country 
Potiskum Grain Market
Close to the cattle market is the Potiskum grain/millet market. It was estimated (2008) to sell 500 bags of grain on market day. The millet market is the largest in North-east Nigeria. Most products are transported to other parts of the country and neighboring countries.
Boko Haram attacks
On 3 November 2014, at least 30 people were killed as the result of a suicide bombing at a Shia Muslim religious procession at Faydia Islamic school. Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam promised members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (ISMN) that he would demand full investigation of allegations of shootings of its members by soldiers deployed to the scene of the attack.
On 11 January 2015, four people were killed and over 40 were injured at Kasuwar Jagwal GSM market after an attack by two female suicide bombers, one of whom appeared to be about 15 years old. A bombing involving a parked car also occurred that day, killing two people and injuring one, at the Divisional Police Station.
On 13 January 2015, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam condemned the attacks, and "proposed the establishment of an Emergency Response Centre at the General Hospital in Potiskum." He stated that the medical bills for those injured in the attack would be paid, including for the injured who had been transferred to other hospitals for treatment.
On 22 February 2015 there has been another suicide-attack.
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