A Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Abuja has ordered Multichoice Nigeria Limited to halt any increase in its subscription tariffs.
Three weeks ago, the satellite cable television service provider made an upward review of all packages in its digital satellite platform, a development which spurred reactions from Nigerians on social media against the sudden increase.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the FHC Abuja on Monday gave the order, which was sued by the Federal Government, not to impose any hidden charges pending the determination of the plaintiff’s motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.
The decision of the court to restrain the multichoice followed a Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/894/18 brought before it by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) in the light of the strong public interest raised in the application.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had granted the authority for the council to initiate the suit under Sections 10 and 16 of the Consumer Protection Council Act, Cap c25, LFN 2004.
CPC, under the leadership of its Director-General, Babatunde Irukera, who also led some concerned Nigerians to court for the case, filed the application on behalf of the Federal Government. It