Renegade Indigenous People of Biafra, RENIPOB, and the Re-branded Indigenous People of Biafra, TRIPOB, are both splinter factions of IPOB.
Although Nnamdi Kanu remains the leader of IPOB, the other groups have appointed their leaders.
This news house gathered that both RENIPOB and TRIBOB have merged into one body.
The merged group have decided to leave out burning of the Bifran flag which was previously scheduled to hold on October 1, 2016.
Both groups decided they would surrender to the Federal Government on January 15, 2017.
They have appointed the imprisoned leader of MEND, Mr. Charles Okah, an Ijaw from the Niger Delta, as their new leader, while one Dr. Dozie Ikedife will be his deputy.
According to a statement released by TRIBOB’s spokesperson, Chima Phillip Effiong Osuji, “TRIBOB gladly welcomes into its fold the Comrade Emma Powerful-led breakaway faction from the Nnamdi Kanu-led IPOB.
“Comrade Emma Powerful’s faction, who go by the name Renegade Indigenous People of Biafra, or RENIPOB, is warmly welcomed.
“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.
“Following appeals by well-meaning Nigerians across the world, TRIPOB shall no longer burn the flag of the defunct Biafra Republic as earlier planned for October 1, 2016.
“We will be replacing the burning of the flag ceremony with a formal ‘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 is pleased advised to take note of the date.
“We strongly believe that the leaders we have nominated shall use their respective offices to help propagate an intense campaign of inclusiveness, love, peace, progress, industry and free enterprise, social justice and democracy within and amongst our compatriots in an indivisible, united and prosperous Nigerian federation,” Osuji said.