3,000,000 in Nigeria (Gunnemark and Kenrick 1985). Population total all countries: 3,240,500.
Borno State, Kukawa, Kaga, Konduga, Maiduguri, Monguno, Ngala, Bama, and Gwoza LGAs; Yobe State, Nguru, Geidam, Damaturu, Fika, Fune, and Gujba LGAs; Jigawa State, Hadejia LGA. Also in Cameroon, Chad, Eritrea, Niger, Sudan.
3 (Wider communication).
500,000 L2 speakers.