11,000 in Nigeria (2012 R. Jones), decreasing. Population total all countries: 12,000. Ethnic population: 200,000.
Kebbi State, Geshuru, Kaele, Saufu, and Tuni villages west of Illo; Boko villages of Maze, Samia, Baikinrua, Pisa.
None known. Not inherently intelligible with the Busa group. Lexical similarity: 78% with Shanga [sho], 57%–62% with the Busa group.
SOV; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals, imbedded relative NPs after noun head; person, number, aspect suffixed to subject pronouns; CV, CVV, CCV; grammatical tone on verbs, and pronouns; 3 level tones, no imbedded clause, no logophoricity.
Muslim, traditional religion.