Tribunal Orders Multichoice to Give Subscribers One Month Free Subscription

The Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal has ruled in favor of subscribers, ordering Multichoice Nigeria to provide one month of free subscription to users on the DStv and GOtv platforms.

In addition, the tribunal fined Multichoice N150 million for challenging its jurisdiction and disobeying a previous order restraining the company from increasing prices.

The ruling was handed down on June 7 by a three-man panel chaired by Justice Thomas Okosu.

The case was initiated by Barrister Festus Onifade, who argued that Multichoice failed to provide adequate notice before increasing subscription rates.

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Onifade sought interim orders against the Pay TV operator, which the tribunal granted, restraining Multichoice from implementing the price increase scheduled for May 1, 2024.

Multichoice’s lawyer, Moyosore Onibanjo (SAN), filed a preliminary objection, arguing that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction and that the case was previously decided in favor of Multichoice.

However, Onifade countered that the issue at hand was not price regulation but rather the adequacy of notice given to subscribers.

The tribunal ruled in favor of Onifade, ordering Multichoice to provide one month of free subscription and imposing a fine of N150 million for challenging its jurisdiction and disobeying its previous order.

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