Tribunal Restrains MultiChoice From Increasing DSTV, GOtv Prices

The Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal has restrained MultiChoice Nigeria Limited from increasing the prices of its DStv and GOtv packages, which were set to begin on April 1.

The Tribunal gave the order after entertaining an ex parte motion filed by a lawyer, Festus Onifade on behalf of himself and the Coalition of Nigerian Consumers.

The three-member panel presided over by Thomas Okosun issued the order.

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Other members of the tribunal included Sola Salako Ajulo and Ibrahim EL-Yakubu.

In the suit marked CCPT/OP/1/2022, MultiChoice Nigeria Limited and Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) are first and second respondents, respectively.

The motion ex parte filed by the applicants on March 29 was brought under Section 39 (1) & (2) of FCCPC Act 2018; Order 26, Rule 5 (2), (3) & 26 Rule 6 (1) & (2) Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019 and Section 47(a), (b), (c),(d), of Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2018.

Onifade had prayed for “an order of interim injunction restraining the first defendants/respondents, either by itself, agents, representatives, officers or privies, howsoever described, from carrying out the impending increase in tariffs and cost of its products and services intended to take effect from April 1, 2022,” until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed before this tribunal.

The lawyer urged the Tribunal for an order mandating the first defendant to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

In the ruling, the tribunal ordered MultiChoice to stop the planned hike in tariffs and the cost of its products and services pending the hearing and determination of the motion.

“The first defendant/respondent is hereby restrained, either by itself, agents, representatives, officers or privies, howsoever described, from carrying out the impending increase in tariffs and cost of its products and services intended to take effect from April 1, 2022, until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed,” stated the tribunal.

“The first defendant/respondent is hereby mandated to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

The Tribunal has adjourned the matter to April 11 for the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

17th April 2024
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