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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°43′N 11°04′E / 11.717°N 11.067°E / 11.717; 11.067Coordinates: 11°43′N 11°04′E / 11.717°N 11.067°E / 11.717; 11.067.

It has an area of 559 square kilometres (216 sq mi) 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]

Boko Haram attacks[edit]

In July 2009, Boko Haram members set a police station in Potiskum on fire.[5]

A May 2012 attack on the Potskum cattle market left over 34 people dead, but appeared to be an attack by criminals seeking revenge, and not Boko Haram.[6][7]

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.[8] 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.[9][10]

On 6 November 2014, sixteen men arrested by Nigerian Army soldiers were "found dead of bullet wounds hours later." (Another source puts the number at eighteen.)[11][10]

On 10 November 2014, over 40 students were killed by a suicide bomber during a student assembly at the Government Science Secondary School."[12][13][14]

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.[15][16] A bombing involving a parked car also occurred that day, killing two people and injuring one, at the Divisional Police Station.[17]

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.[18]

On 22 February 2015 there has been another suicide-attack.[19]


  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. 
  3. ^ Yobe State, Nigeria Galleria, 2004.
  4. ^ Yobe State, Natural Resources and Potential for Development. Online Nigeria, 12 Feb 2003
  5. ^ Deadly Nigeria Clashes Spread. Al Jazeera English - Africa, July 27, 2009
  6. ^ [http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-17936549 Nigeria’s Potiskum Cattle Market Raid ‘Kills Dozens.’[ BBC News, May 3, 2012
  7. ^ A Resident Walks among Burnt Cattle Market in Northeast Nigerian Town of Potiskum on May 4, 2012. Getty Images. Accessed January 18, 2015
  8. ^ Musikilu Mojeed. Nigeria: Car Bomb Explosion Kills 6 in Yobe. Premium Times - allAfrica.com, December 31, 2014
  9. ^ Njadvara Musa. Nigeria: Yobe to Probe Potiskum Blast, Death Toll Rises to 30. The Guardian - allAfrica.com. Accessed January 18, 2015
  10. ^ a b Njadvara Musa. Nigeria: Yobe to Probe Potiskum Blast, Death Toll Rises to 30. The Guardian - allAfrica.com. 6 Nov 2014. Accessed January 18, 2015
  11. ^ Hamisu Kabir Matazu and Ibrahim Kabiru Sule. Nigeria: Tension in Potiskum As Soldiers Kill 18. Daily Trust - allAfrica.com, November 7, 2014
  12. ^ Nigeria School Blast in Potiskum Kills Dozens. BBC News - Africa, November 10, 2014.
  13. ^ Schiavenza, Matt. Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Bomber Kills 50 in Government Science Technical College Potiskum The Atlantic, November 10, 2014
  14. ^ Nossiter, Adam. Bomb at School in Nigeria Kills Nearly 50 Boys. New York Times, November 10, 2014
  15. ^ Ndahi Marama With Agency Reports. Nigeria: Female Suicide Bombers Kill 39 in Potiskum, Maiduguri Markets. Vanguard - allAfrica.com, January 12, 2015
  16. ^ In Pictures: Aftermath of Bombing in Nigerian Town of Potiskum. BBC News, January 12, 2015
  17. ^ Hamisu Kabir Matazu. Nigeria: Fresh Bomb Blast Kills Two Policemen in Potiskum. Daily Trust - allAfrica.com, January 11, 2015
  18. ^ Gaidam Proposes Emergency Centre At Potiskum Hospital. Channels Television, January 13, 2015
  19. ^ http://www.aljazeera.com/watch_now