A Competition and Consumer Protection (CCP) Tribunal sitting in Abuja has restrained MultiChoice Nigeria Limited from increasing its tariffs and cost of products and services scheduled to begin on April 1.
MultiChoice had earlier issued a notice of price increment to all its subscribers on DStv and GOtv which is suppose to take effect today, but tribunal has stopped them until the next hearing.
The three-member tribunal, presided over by Thomas Okosun, gave the order following an ex-parte motion moved by Festus Onifade, a legal practitioner, on behalf of himself and the Coalition of Nigeria Consumers.
In the ruling, the tribunal ordered Multi-Choice Nigeria Limited to stop the planned hike in tariffs and cost of its products and services pending the hearing and determination of the motion.
“The 1st 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 1st April, 2022 until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed before this Honourable Tribunal.
“The 1st defendant/respondent is hereby mandated to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” the tribunal ruled.
The matter was adjourned until April 11 for the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
“All parties in this suit are to appear before this Honorable Tribunal on the 11th day of April, 2022,” it ruled.