Another tactic we became familiar with was 'the secret service swivel'. This was when the police landrover in front and behind would start swerving back and forth across the road to prevent any vehicles drawing up along side us. There were a few occasions when the traffic was very dense and our escorts became a little agitated and began 'flogging' the nearby cars out the window in order to get them to move out of the way... since the police are all very heavily armed only the stupidest of drivers would ignore this request.
This is just a couple of the shops that we saw on our way to work each day. The rubble that you can see lying about is typical of the whole city. Apparently the Governor drove around one day and noticed that people had built huge security walls so high that nothing could be seen behind them. He ordered that the walls be pulled down to half the height they were, and everyone duly complied, but they havent got around to removing the rubble yet!
One of our guards who is called Sebastine was very interested in conservation and wildlife and he told me all about the wonderful countryside in Rivers State and the wildlife that you could see, except of course, at the moment it is not safe for non Nigerians (and sometimes not safe for Nigerians either!) to go anywhere in Rivers State without the kind of security outlined above. This is very sad.