There was palpable tension in Okene, Kogi State as policemen and soldiers searched houses for weapons stolen from two soldiers by gunmen on Tuesday.
A gang of gunmen had on Tuesday killed two soldiers and taken away their weapons after a failed attempt to attack the Okene Central Mosque.
Two of the gunmen were also killed by the soldiers.
A resident of the town said on the telephone that people remained indoors amid trepidation, as the military had advised them to produce the weapons.
Traffic was light in the town while residents expressed apprehension at the likely aftermath of the search.
Two men and one woman, believed to be leaders of a gang which killed 20 members of Deeper Life Bible Church in Otite near Okene on Monday night, were paraded by the police on Wednesday.