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Court strikes out suit challenging DStv new rates

28 May 2015, 14:10

Lagos - A Federal High Court in Lagos has struck out a suit seeking the reversal of the recent 20 per cent increment on DStv subscription rates.

The court also declined to make an order compelling the National Broadcasting Commission to regulate the activities of MultiChoice Nigeria Limited, the operator of DStv, so as to prevent what the plaintiffs termed arbitrary increment in DStv subscription rates.

The presiding judge, Justice C.J. Aneke, on Thursay, while ruling on the preliminary objection raised by MultiChoice, held that the plaintiffs had no reasonable cause of action.

Also read: Court stops DStv price hike in Nigeria

He adjudged the suit as an abuse of court processes.

The judge aligned with the argument of MultiChoice’s counsel, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), that the court lacked the power to regulate the price of services that a business is offering to its customers.

In line with Onigbanjo’s argument that the plaintiffs did not comply with sections 97 and 98 of the Sherrifs and Civil Processes Act in the service of their court papers on the second defendant, NBC, Aneke held that the plaintiffs papers were defective.

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