DStv-GOtv prices: MultiChoice MD, directors ordered to produce 2021 financial report

A Competition and Consumer Protection (CCPC) Tribunal in Abuja, has invited MultiChoice Nigeria Managing Director, John Ugbe, Charmingpro reports 

The tribunal on Tuesday asked Ugbe to appear on September 8 with the company’s 2021 audited financial report.

The three-member panel headed by Thomas Okosun, also ordered directors of the company to appear on the same date.

The officials may face sanctions for the alleged breach of a restraining order on DStv and GOtv tariff hike.

On July 25, the tribunal fixed today for judgment in the suit filed by Festus Onifade, a legal practitioner, and Coalition of Nigeria Consumers.

They had sued MultiChoice and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) after the company increased subscription prices on April 1.

The litigants prayed the tribunal to stop the increment pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated and filed on March 30.

The tribunal granted the ex-parte motion, directing parties to maintain the status quo but MultiChoice implemented the new rates announced on March 30.

In a motion on notice, the claimants urged the tribunal to invite the MD and the directors to explain why they should not be committed to prison for willful disobedience

They also sought an order directing MultiChoice to pay 10 per cent of its annual turnover for failure to comply with the order in accordance with Section 51 (1) and 2 of the FCCPC Act, 2018


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