Court fines MultiChoice N100,000 as admins face jail for subscription price hike – Igbere TV

The Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal (CCP) has fined MultiChoice N100,000 in a case against the company involving subscription price hike and contempt of court, reports Igbere TV

MultiChoice was sanctioned by the court on Thursday for failing to provide a response to a substantive complaint over price gouging after the three-member tribunal chaired by Thomas Okosun gave the company 21 days to do so.

In his defence, MultiChoice attorney Jamiu Agoro said the court must resolve the question of jurisdiction before deciding the case on the merits, as the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) was the competent authority to hear the case first.

Agoro explained that the court can only be seized if the plaintiff, lawyer, Festus Onifade, is not satisfied with the resolution of the FFCPC.

However, Onifade said that he had brought the matter before the FCCPC since May 2020, on his behalf and on behalf of the Nigerian consumer, but the commission did not act on his case, hence his reason for addressing to the court.

MultiChoice admins face jail

Meanwhile, Onifade said MultiChoice violated the court order, after the court issued an ex-parte on March 30, 2022, ordering the company to maintain the status quo and not increase its subscription.

MultiChoice previously revealed it would raise the subscription price on April 1, and it will continue the hike despite being ordered by the court to suspend the decision. Agoro claimed that the mechanisms had already been put in place for automatic implementation before the court directive.

Martin E. Berry