The Director-General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Babatunde Irukera, has said it is a violation of the order of the court for MultiChoice Nigeria to continue to collect the new rates from its DStv and GOtv subscribers.
He made this known on Friday while reacting to the hike in subscription rate by MultiChoice
In July, MultiChoice Nigeria
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.
On August 20, 2018, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, 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.
But reacting, Irukera said the Council was aware that customers of MultiChoice had been unable to renew their subscriptions at their bouquets’ prevailing price as at July 31, 2018.
He said: “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 DStv