by Chinwe Okafor
Multichoice threw their users into a frenzy when in March, it announced a 20 per cent price increase for all its satellite pay TV bouquets in Nigeria to take effect from April 1, 2015.
Though they explained that the price increase was necessary for it to continue offering the best in local and international entertainment to its subscribers, these so-called subscribers were not having any of it, as they cried out for help.
And their cries were heard when, on Wednesday, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos issued a restraint ordering the service providers from implementing its new rates and increase in tariffs payable by its subscribers across board.
These are your heroes- the restraining order was given by Justice C.J. Aneke sequel to a suit filed by two Lagos-based legal practitioners, Osasuyi Adebayo and Oluyinka Oyeniji.
In the class action suit, with number FHC/L/CS/404/2015, Justice Aneke granted the interim orders till the hearing of the motion on notice for injunction on April 16, 2015.
The legal practitioners urged the court to order the second defendant, the National Broadcasting Commission, to also implement Pay Per View where subscribers choose the programmes they want and pay as they watch, which is being implemented in some other parts of the world.