7,000 in Nigeria (2010 R. Jones), decreasing. Population total all countries: 8,000. Ethnic population: 200,000.
Kebbi State, Geshuru, Kaele, Saufu, and Tuni villages west of Illo; Boko villages of Maze, Samia, Baikinrua, Pisa. Also in Benin.
Lexical similarity: 70% with Shanga [sho], 38%–40% with the Busa group.