Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal in Abuja has barred Multi-Choice Nigeria Limited from increasing its tariffs and prices for products and services, which were set to go into effect on Friday, April 1st, 2022.
The order was issued by a three-member tribunal presided over by Thomas Okosun in response to an ex-parte motion filed by Festus Onifade, a legal practitioner, on behalf of the Coalition of Nigeria Consumers.
Sola Salako Ajulo and Ibrahim EL-Yakubu are also members of the tribunal.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Multi-Choice Nigeria Limited and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are the first and second respondents in the suit marked: CCPT/OP/1/2022.
And for any further orders that this Honourable Tribunal deems appropriate in the circumstances.
The tribunal said that the first defendant is hereby restrained, either by itself, agents, representatives, officers, or privies, as the case may be, from carrying out the impending increase in tariffs and cost of its products and services, which is scheduled to take effect on Friday, April 1st, 2022, until the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed before this Honourable Tribunal.
The tribunal ruled that the first defendant is hereby mandated to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The hearing and determination of the motion on notice was postponed until April 11th, 2022.
On the 11th day of April, 2022, all parties in this suit are to appear before this Honourable Tribunal, it had ruled.