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Biafra 'We won't burn Biafra flag again,' IPOB faction makes U-turn

In light of this, it has appointed an Ijaw from the Niger Delta, Mr Charles Okah, as its leader, and Dr Dozie Ikedife as deputy leader.

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Ohaneze Ndigbo

(Punch)

The 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 merged.

TRIPOD which had vowed to burn the Biafra flag on October 1, has made a U-turn, saying under the new arrangement with the RENIPOB, it would instead surrender to the Federal Government on January 15, 2017.

In light of this, it has appointed an Ijaw from the Niger Delta, Mr Charles Okah, as its leader, and Dr Dozie Ikedife as deputy leader.

TRIPOD disclosed this on Friday, September 2, in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Chima Phillip Effiong Osuji.

The statement 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.”

It further 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."

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The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), had claimed that the IPOB leader himself, Nnamdi Kanu reached a secret agreement with the Federal Government to renounce the struggle for a Biafra nation, leaving members of his group in the dark.

 

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