Court fines DSTV N150 Million for Subscription Increase, Orders One-Month Free Service | #NwokeukwuMascot


…Tribunal Imposes N150 Million Fine on Multichoice Nigeria Over Subscription Fee Increase | #NwokeukwuMascot

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The Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal has levied a fine of N150 million on Multichoice Nigeria, the operator of DSTV and GOTV services, for failing to comply with its directive to halt an increase in subscription fees. This penalty also requires Multichoice to provide a one-month free subscription to all its Nigerian DSTV and GOTV customers.

The tribunal's order was initially issued to prevent Multichoice from raising its subscription fees until the resolution of a lawsuit filed by Abuja-based lawyer Festus Onifade.

Onifade argued that the eight-day notice period given for the price hike was insufficient and unfair to consumers. Despite Multichoice's stance that previous rulings had addressed price regulation issues, Onifade contended that the inadequate notice was a more significant concern than the price increase itself.

In its ruling, the tribunal upheld its jurisdiction over the matter and sided with Onifade. The tribunal emphasized the importance of fair notice to consumers regarding price changes, thus mandating the N150 million fine and the provision of a complimentary one-month subscription.

The substantive hearing for Onifade’s suit is set for July 3, where further arguments and evidence will be presented. Updates on the case will be provided as they become available.


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