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Potiskum is a Local Government Area in Yobe State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Potiskum on the A3 highway at 11°42′33″N 11°04′10″E / 11.70917°N 11.06944°E / 11.70917; 11.06944.

It has an area of 559 km² and a population of 205,876 at the 2006 census. The postal code of the area is 631.[1]

Potiskum is the headquarters of both the old Fika Emirate and the Potiskum Emirate reinstated in 1999.[2]

Potiskum Cattle Market[edit]

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 [3]

Potiskum Grain Market[edit]

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.. [4]


  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ Ola Amupitan (August 2002). "Potiskum's Challenge to Damaturu as Yobe Capital". Fika Online. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
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