A Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal sitting in Abuja has restrained Multi-Choice Nigeria Limited from increasing its tariffs and cost of products and services scheduled to begin on April 1.


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.

The tribunal in its ruling 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.

This is coming 8 days after Multichoice Nigeria, owners of DStv and
GOtv increased subscription fees for its services across board with effect
from April 1.

On Wednesday, the Nigerian Senate asked Multichoice to reduce the
prices of its DStv and GOtv packages owing to the prevailing economic
circumstances of the country.