A Federal High Court in Abuja has prevented Multichoice Nigeria Limited from going ahead with a recent decision to increase DStv subscription tariffs.
In a ruling by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, the company was issued a restraining order, following a suit that was filed by the Consumer Protection Council.
Earlier, CPC had applied for an interim injunction which would prevent Multichoice Nigeria or its agents and representatives from continuing the implementation of any price increase.
This was left pending the determination of the motion on notice before the court.
A report by Tech Dot Africa stated that the Council further persuaded the court to accelerate hearing of the matter. CPC maintained that it has the constitutional responsibility to protect the welfare and interest of consumers in Nigeria.
It told the court that it had conducted an investigation into DSTV’s compliance with a directive given since February 16, 2016. The influx of complaints and petitions it received were on alleged unfairness, arbitrariness and excessiveness of pricing and billing systems by the cable service provider.
However, it was it denounced that during the investigation and consultative engagement with Multichoice Nigeria was ongoing, DSTV, “preemptively and surreptitiously introduced a subscription regime which imposes increased charges and costs on Nigerian Consumers of digital satellite television service with effect from 1st August 2018”.
It stressed that unless restrained by the court, DSTV or its representative would continue the implementation of the increased subscription rate it kicked off on August 1. CPC argued that allowing the Defendant to proceed with its plans would render ineffective and nugatory its on-going regulatory investigation that seeks to prevent continuing exploitation of Nigerian consumers through Access from N1,900 to N2,000