Tribunal Fines Multichoice Nigeria N150m, Orders Free Subscriptions

The Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal has fined Multichoice Nigeria, operators of DSTV and GOtv, N150 million for ignoring a court order to halt a subscription fee increase. Additionally, the tribunal mandated that Multichoice provide a one-month free subscription to all its Nigerian customers.

The fine follows a lawsuit filed by Abuja-based lawyer Festus Onifade, who argued that the 8-day notice given for the price hike was insufficient. Despite a tribunal order to freeze the price increase pending the suit’s resolution, Multichoice proceeded with the hike, prompting contempt charges.

The tribunal’s ruling emphasizes the importance of compliance with legal directives and aims to ensure fair treatment for consumers. The substantive hearing of the case is set for July 3, as the tribunal continues to address consumer protection issues and enforce regulatory compliance.

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