Tribunal adjourns suit challenging DSTv, GOTv subscription price hike

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n his suit, the claimant urged the tribunal to issue an order restraining Multichoice from increasing subscriptions for its DSTv and GOTv television services.

The Competition and Consumer Protection (CCP) tribunal in Abuja, on Thursday, adjourned a case challenging the price increase by MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, owner of DStv and Gotv in Nigeria. A legal practitioner, Festus Onifade, sued a satellite television services giant over the increase in subscription prices. Mr Onifade sued Multichoice Nigeria on behalf of himself and the coalition of Nigerian consumers.

At Thursday’s proceedings, Thomas Okosun, chairman of the three-member tribunal, adjourned the case due to Mr 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 to Multichoice, Jamiu Agoro, did not oppose Mr Onifade’s application for a short adjournment. Subsequently, the tribunal adjourned the case until June 15 for hearing.

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