The security situation in Nigeria seems to worsen day by day. If I hang out on the balcony in the evening, it isn't long before I hear gun shots somewhere. Stories of "house visits" are all too common. My sister-in-law nearly died yesterday on the road to Lafia - the armed robbers had the full kit - bullet proof vests, AK47s etc. All but the people in the van closest to the robbers ran into the bush. The driver of the van was nearly beaten to death and of course, all the passengers lost their valuables. It took an hour for the police to arrive, by which time the robbers of course had melted away. Apparently, the IG has banned police road blocks, depriving the rank and file of their usual means to make some loose change. No wonder some are turning to the other side. Its going to be a long struggle to clean things up..