The Consumer Protection Council said continued collection of new rate from DStv and GOtv subscribers by MultiChoice Nigeria, is a violation of court’s order.
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The Director-General, CPC, Mr Babatunde Irukera, stated this in Abuja on Friday.
Recall that MultiChoice Nigeria in July announced new monthly subscription rates for the DSTV Premium package from N14,700 to N15,800 (about 7.5 per cent); Compact Plus from N9,900 to N10,650; Compact bouquet from N6,300 to N6,800; Family from N3,800 to N4,000, and Access from N1,900 to N2,000. The new rates took effect from August 1.
But On August 20, 2018, following a suit against the Pay Television Service Company before his court, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, entered an order restraining MultiChoice by itself, agents, or representatives from continuing any increased subscription rate or prices, pending the determination of an application before the court.
“It is a violation of the order of the court for MultiChoice to require consumers to pay, or to receive any new rate for their service from consumers.
“For clarity, the current, valid and prevailing rate for the DStv and GOtv services is the rate that was effective as of July 31, 2018,” Irukera explained.