180,000 (2011 U. Francis), increasing. 45,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 180,000.
Cross River State, Ogoja LGA; Ebonyi State, Abakaliki LGA; Benue State, Okpokwu and Oju LGAs.
Iteeji, Mtezi, Ugbala. 4 dialects in the north, 3 south, besides those named.
Vigorous. Home. All ages. Positive attitudes. Few use more than 2 languages.
Christian, traditional religion.