Osun condemns clampdown on firm
The Osun State government has decried the invasion of the corporate head office of its client, the TNS-RMS by men of the Department of State Security (DSS).
A statement yesterday by the Commissioner for Information, Sunday Akere, said the outfit was duly registered as a research agency to engage in empirical surveys across the country for government agencies and private individuals.
Akere said TNS-RMS was conducting Needs Assessment Performance Evaluation Study (NAPES) for the Rauf Aregbesola administration.
The commissioner said: “No reason was given for the clampdown on TNS-RMS which witnessed prevention of inward and outward movement of both staff and visitors of the poll research organization other than that the SSS operatives, who were said to be taking any document (including computer systems) that has anything to do with the government of state of Osun.
“So, we wonder why the SSS is clamping down on the company that conduct social survey for the government barely two week before the gubernatorial election in the state. The action of the security operatives in the company’s Lagos office for about three days is an unwarranted aggression and violation of the 1999 Constitution that allows all lawful pursuits and endeavours in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”