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6 people killed in Kebbi bullion van accident

The Kebbi Police Command has confirmed the death of six people including three policemen in multiple accidents on Tuesday along the Argungu-Birnin Kebbi road in…

The Kebbi Police Command has confirmed the death of six people including three policemen in multiple accidents on Tuesday along the Argungu-Birnin Kebbi road in the state.

The spokesman of the command, SP Abubakar Nafi’u, said in a statement on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.

“The accident occurred when a Carina E car, carrying jerricans of PMS, was suspected to have been pursued by a Nigeria Customs Service patrol team from Birnin Kebbi.

“On getting to Jeda village, the Carina E car had a head-on collision with the Bullion van, as a result, bursting into flames and consumed three other cars.

“Consequently, a total of five vehicles and one motorcycle were burnt to ashes.

“Six people including three policemen also died in the inferno, while five other people and three policemen sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the Federal Medical Center, Birnin Kebbi for medical attention,” he said.

Nafi’u said that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Magaji-Kontagora, had visited the accident scene.

“Magaji-Kontagora is also assuring members of the public that a thorough investigation will be carried out to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident,” he added. (NAN)