Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, yesterday directed his officials to investigate what led to the killing of seven persons at Orogwe in Owerri West council of the state on Monday.

The police boss also alleged that members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate Eastern Security Network (ESN) were responsible for the gruesome murder.

Barde, in a statement by the Command’s spokesman Michael Abattam, regretted that the hoodlums escaped before his men could get to them.

Abattam said the number of wounded persons had risen to six, up from two earlier reported.