In November 1995 Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed, having been framed by the Nigerian authorities. At the time Shell denied any complicity with the Nigerian regime, but has since admitted paying the Nigerian military.
When Shell managers in Nigeria declare openly that they prefer military dictatorship to representative rule, they know what they are talking about. Nigeria's successive military dictators have served the multinational well, holding down the restive minority ethnic groups of the Niger Delta and plundering their resources in collaboration with Shell.
Last year, the Shell Group's income was a record £5.7 billion, the proceeds from sales of £110 billion. This year Mary Harney did her bit for Shell by appointing Patrick Lynch, managing director of Irish Shell, to chair the new board of FAS. It probably means that trainees leaving the centre without permission will be shot by armed sentries!