The court suspends the lawsuit challenging the increase in the subscription price of DSTv and GOTv

The Competition and Consumer Protection (CCP) tribunal in Abuja on Thursday adjourned a case challenging price gouging by MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, owner of DStv and Gotv in Nigeria. A lawyer, Festus Onifade, sued a giant of satellite television services for the increase in subscription prices. Onifade sued Multichoice Nigeria on behalf of himself and the Nigerian Consumer Coalition. In proceedings on Thursday, Thomas Okosun, president of the three-member tribunal, adjourned the case due to Mr Onifade’s request for a stay on health grounds. The plaintiff told the court that he was “gravely ill” and needed his doctor’s attention. Multichoice’s attorney, Jamiu Agoro, did not object to Mr. Onifade’s request for a short stay. The court later adjourned the case until June 15 for hearing. Court documents listed MultiChoice Nigeria Limited as the first defendant, while the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) as the second defendant. Claimant’s Prayers In his lawsuit, Mr. Onifade urged the court to issue an order preventing Multichoice from increasing subscriptions to its television services on April 1, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed on March 30. The court granted the ex parte motion, ordering the parties to maintain the “prewar status quo.” However, during a hearing on April 11, the plaintiff said he had filed a written address and contempt suit against company management for allegedly ignoring the court order issued on March 30. But Multichoice’s attorney, Mr. Agoro, argued that because of his request to challenge the court’s jurisdiction, “this court must first investigate whether it has jurisdiction to determine the request.” Pay TV, South Africa-based Multichoice Nigeria, revised its subscriptions upwards while the lawsuit was pending. Multichoice had announced new rates for its Nigerian offerings, the company’s latest price hike sure to rile up its customers. The firm said that from April 1, subscribers will pay more for all its bouquets and its premium package on DSTV will cost N21,000, no longer N18,400. Compact Plus, which was previously N12,400, will now cost N14,250, while Compact will cost N9,000 instead of N7,900. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; The court suspends the lawsuit challenging the increase in the subscription price of DSTv and GOTv