Kabiru was born on May 9, 1983 to the family of Umaru Jabbi of Gagi , Sokoto South Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Following the death of his father, he was adopted by his paternal uncle, Abubakar Dikko, who renamed him after himself.
He completed his primary education at the Model Primary School, Gagi in 1996. He enrolled for secondary education at Ahmadu Bello Academy in 1996 only to abscond soon afterward.
He, however, applied for admission as a fresh JSS 1 student at Sultan Bello Secondary School,Sokoto South LGA, from where he eventually graduated in 2003.
In 2005, he gained admission into the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Sokoto where he exhibited a high level of truancy and extremist tendencies, a situation which accounted for his poor academic performance.
In mid 2007, he absconded again from the institution after refusing to re-take some papers he failed in his examination.
Kabiru was instrumental in bringing the late national leader of the Boko Haram sect,Mohammed Yusuf, to Gagi in February, 2009 during which he was declared leader of the sect in Sokoto State.
Kabiru was arrested by a detachment of Police officers at the Borno State Government lodge in Abuja in company of a senior Airforce officer in January, 2012.
He later escaped from Police detention when during a purported house-search at his Abaji home. This event led to the unceremonious 'retirement' of the then Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Ringim.
However, he was rearrested on Thursday, 10th of February, 2012. by an elite team of the State Security Service (SSS) in a small town in Taraba State.