Breakaway factions from the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, the Re-branded Indigenous People of Biafra, TRIPOB, and Renegade Indigenous People of Biafra, RENIPOB, have formed a merger.
The groups, who had ever vowed to burn the Biafran flag, have decided to surrender to the Federal Government on January 15, 2017, while appointing Mr. Charles Okah, an Ijaw from the Niger Delta, as its leader, and Dr. Dozie Ikedife as deputy leader.
TRIBOB in a statement on Friday, September 2, 2016, by its spokesperson, Chima Phillip Effiong Osuji, said, “TRIBOB gladly and warmly welcomes into its fold the Comrade Emma Powerful-led breakaway faction from the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB), who now goes by the name Renegade Indigenous People of Biafra, or RENIPOB.”
“Following this development, all subsequent TRIPOB/RENIPOB statements shall be jointly signed by Comrade Emma Powerful and the undersigned. Any statements from IPOB using “Emma Powerful” as its signatory are that of an impostor.
“And following appeals by well-meaning Nigerians across the world, especially civil war veterans of the defunct Biafra Republic, TRIPOB shall no longer burn the flag of the defunct Biafra Republic as earlier planned for October 1, 2016, a date which has also been rescheduled,” the statement said.
“Replacing the burning of the flag ceremony shall be the ‘surrender’ ceremony of the defunct Republic of Biafra flag on the symbolic date of January 15, 2017 at the Eagle Square Abuja, FCT.
“The general public as well as all relevant agencies of the federal government of Nigeria, particularly, the Presidency are pleased advised to take note of the date,” the statement concluded.