Paul was born to a Christian family in a Muslim dominated region. His father was killed by Boko Haram at Gwoza in 2013. Theirs mother struggled to feed the younger ones among her 9 children. It would not be possible for them to attend school in Gwoza as the insurgents had destroyed most of the local non-Islamic schools and most of the teachers who survived have fled. Paul and Ishaku were brought to CFI in February 2015 by their elder brother, who is a student at CFI Bible College.