Tribunal prevents Multi-Choice from raising

Tribunal prevents Multi-Choice from raising DStv and GOtv rates

    Tribunal prevents Multi-Choice from raising DStv and GOtv rates A Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal sitting in Abuja has ordered Multi-Choice Nigeria Limited to refrain from increasing its prices and costs of products and services, which was planned to take effect on April 1 this year.

 

 

Tribunal prevents Multi-Choice from raising DStv and GOtv rates

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On the basis of an ex-parte motion filed by Festus Onifade, a legal practitioner, on behalf of himself and the Coalition of Nigeria Consumers, the three-member tribunal presided over by Thomas Okosun ruled in favor of the consumers.

In addition to Sola Salako Ajulo and Ibrahim EL-Yakubu, the tribunal has several other members.
We previously reported that the first and second respondents in the suit designated CCPT/OP/1/2022 are Multi-Choice Nigeria Limited and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, with the former being the first respondent.

 

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

 

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In their petition, the applicants requested “an order of interim injunction restraining the 1st defendant/respondent, whether by itself or through agents, representatives, officers or privies, howsoever described, from implementing the impending increase in tariffs and costs 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 tribunal.”

 

a decision of the Honourable Tribunal directing the 1st defendant/respondent to maintain the status quo until the hearing and resolution of the motion on notice

and for any further orders that this Honourable Tribunal may judge appropriate in the circumstances,” he continued.

 

It is ordered that the first defendant/respondent, whether through its agents, representatives, officers, or privies, be restrained from implementing the impending increase in tariffs and costs of its products and services, which is scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2022, until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed before this Honourable Tribunal.”
As a result, the tribunal ordered that the first defendant/respondent “keep status quo” until a hearing and determination were made on the application on notice.

 

 

The hearing and determination of the move on notice were postponed to April 11 in order to complete the process.
On the 11th day of April in the year 2022, “all parties in this matter are required to appear before this Honourable Tribunal,” the tribunal declared.

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