Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, says a telephone call saved him from boarding the Abuja-Kaduna train attacked by terrorists branded bandits in Northern Nigeria.
Speaking in Enugu on Saturday during the meeting of Igbo leaders under the aegis of Ahamefuna Socio-cultural organisation, Mr Achebe said a phone call he received at the premises of the train station in Abuja forced him to abort his mission to Kaduna.
“I was among the passengers meant to be on the train last Monday because I had a meeting I was supposed to be attending,” the revered monarch explained. “I was already at the train station when I got a call over an emergency and I had to leave the station to attend to it.”
The train which had hundreds of passengers on board came under attack from armed gunmen who abducted many Monday evening.
Eight persons have been confirmed death, dozens injured during the attack are receiving treatments while the whereabouts of many passengers are still unknown.
The terrorists said to have spoken Fulani and were all turbaned reportedly abducted some passengers.