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N150m Fine: MultiChoice against Consumer Tribunal’s ruling, moves to file appeal

*MultiChoice Nigeria Limited affirms it is aware of the recent ruling by the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal, regarding its jurisdiction to entertain a price regulation matter, but the pay TV company submits it ‘disagrees with the ruling and will therefore, file an appeal against said ruling’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

MultiChoice Nigeria Limited has announced its intention to appeal the ruling of the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal (CCPT) after being fined N150 million for questioning the tribunal’s jurisdiction.

ConsumerConnect had reported the Consumer Protection Tribunal Friday, June 7, 2024, imposed N150 million fine on the popular pay TV firm, and ordered MultiChoice to provide a month’s free subscription on DSTv and GOTv for Nigerians.

The issue arose when MultiChoice announced a price increase for its DSTv and GOTv packages April 24.

By April 29, the Tribunal had issued an order preventing the company from implementing the tariff hikes for its bouquet of products and services, which were scheduled to start May 1.

MultiChoice, through Moyosore Onigbanjo, its counsel, however, filed an application on April 30 to challenge the CCPT’s regulatory order.

However, the Tribunal upheld its decision Friday, referencing Section 39 (2) of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Act, which grants the Tribunal “jurisdiction over all commercial activities aimed at making a profit” across the Federation.

Justice Thomas Okosu, who led the three-man tribunal panel, imposed an administrative penalty on MultiChoice for failing to comply with the order to halt the price increase by May 1 this year.

Okosu handed down the verdict and also ordered the company to provide all Nigerian subscribers with a month’s free subscription.

MultiChoice disagrees, will file an appeal against CCPT’s ruling

Reacting to the Tribunal’s decision, MultiChoice has expressed its disagreement with the CCPT’s ruling of N150 million fine imposed in the company for challenging its jurisdiction in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The company stated: “MultiChoice Nigeria is aware of the recent ruling by the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal (CCPT) regarding its jurisdiction to entertain a price regulation matter.

“We disagree with the ruling and will therefore file an appeal against said ruling.”

The company also noted that it would refrain from making further comments as the matter is currently sub judice.

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