Nigeria adjourns DStv/GOtv fees row
May 9, 2022
By Chris Forrester
Nigeria’s Competition and Consumer Protection (CCP) tribunal in Abuja has adjourned, for now, a case challenging the price increases planned by MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, owner of DStv and Gotv in Nigeria.
Festus Onifade, a lawyer, sued the satellite television services giant over the increase in subscription prices, on behalf of himself and a coalition of Nigerian consumers.
At the court hearing Thomas Okosun, chairman of the three-member tribunal, adjourned the case due to Onifade’s request for an adjournment on health grounds. The claimant told the tribunal that he was “seriously ill” and needed his doctor’s attention.
The lawyer for Multichoice, Jamiu Agoro, did not oppose Onifade’s application for a short adjournment. Subsequently, the tribunal adjourned the case until June 15th for hearing.
In his suit, Onifade is asking the tribunal to issue a restraining order on Multichoice from increasing subscriptions for its TV services on April 1st, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed on March 30th.