Abubakar Shekau’s mother, Falmatu Shekau, has said she has not seen her son for 15 years.
Shekau’s mother made this revelation in an interview she granted the Hausa Service of the Voice of America, on Thursday.
She also revealed that Shekau’s father, who died years ago, was a local Koranic school teacher and that her son whom she doesn’t know whether he is alive or dead, spent his early years roaming the streets of Maiduguri as an almajiri (itinerant koranic school student).
Falmatu told her interviewer that her son, Abubakar, became radicalised after he met the founder of the Boko Haram sect, the late Mohammed Yusuf. She noted that she had not seen her son since then.