Mother of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has not seen him for 15 years.

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Shekau’s mum, Falmatu, revealed this to the Hausa Service of the Voice of America (VOA).

According to her, Shekau’s father, who died years ago, was a local Quranic school teacher.

She told her interviewer that her son, Abubakar, became radicalised after he met the founder of the sect, the late Mohammed Yusuf.

Falmatu claimed she had not seen her son since then.

“Since Shekau met Mohammed Yusuf, I never saw him again,” she said.

She also said, ”I know he is my son and everyone knows the love a mother has for her son but our characters differ. He has put a lot of people into very difficult situations.

“I wish I could see him to talk some sense into him. He has thrown a lot of people into panic but I am praying to Allah to set him on the right path,” she added.