No fewer than six people including three policemen have lost their lives in a multiple accident along Argungu-Birnin Kebbi road in the state.

It was learnt that the accident occurred on Tuesday when a Carina E car, carrying jerricans of Petroleum was suspected to have been pursued by a Nigeria Custom Service patrol team from Birnin Kebbi.

Eyewitness said the vehicle had a head on collusion with the Bullion van which burst into flames and consumed three other cars.

The Spokesman of Kwara State Police Command, SP Abubakar Nafi’u, has confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.

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

“On getting to Jeda village, the Carina E car had a head on collusion 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 degree of injuries and were rushed to 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.

“He prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the lives of the departed souls an eternal rest and give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“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.