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Tribunal restrains MultiChoice from raising DSTv, GOTv subscription tariffs from May 1

*The Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, in a ruling, restrains MultiChoice Nigeria, owner of DSTv and GOTv, from effecting the planned tariff increments from May 1, 2024, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed before the court

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As a veritable measure to protect Nigerian Pay TV consumers from arbitrary charges amid the current economic hardship, the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal (CCPT), sitting in in Abuja, FCT, has stopped MultiChoice Nigeria Limited from increasing costs of products and services, earlier scheduled to effect from May 1, 2024.

ConsumerConnect reports  a three-member Tribunal, led by Saratu Shafii, issued the interim order, following an ex-parte motion moved by Ejiro Awaritoma, counsel to Festus Onifade, the applicant.

The Pay TV company, April 24 this year, had announced increases in the costs of subscriptions for its DSTv and GOTv packages.

Subsequently, Onifade, a legal practitioner, filed a suit marked CCPT/OP/2/2024, against MultiChoice Nigeria Limited and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).

MultiChoice Nigeria has cited the recent increase in the company’s cost of operations as the rationale behind the price increase.

However, in the ruling, the CCPT restrained MultiChoice from effecting any planned tariff increments pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed before it.

Shafii stated in her ruling: “The 1st defendant is hereby restrained from taking any step(s) that may negatively affect the rights of the claimant and other consumers in respect of the suit pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

The Tribunal also ordered all parties in the suit to appear before it at 10 a.m. May 7 this year, for the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

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