TARIFF: Nigerians react as DStv continues to flout court injunction

By Ayoola Mudasiru April 8, 2015 21:49

TARIFF: Nigerians react as DStv continues to flout court injunction

Following the injunction placed on Multi Choice Nigeria Limited, operators of Digital Satellite Television, popularly known as DStv, and GOtv, by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos from implementing its new rates and increase in tariffs payable by its subscribers across board ahead of a hearing fixed for April 16, 2015, reports have emerged that the media company is violating the injunction.

According to PapermacheOnline, visits to different DSTV outlets and offices in various parts of Lagos and Ibadan on Tuesday April 7, 2015 confirmed that the company is failing to honor the court injunction as subscribers still cough out what they have to pay according to the new prices.

Social commentator and author, Elnathan John, tweeted on Tuesday, saying, “So wait. I renewed my DSTV an hour ago. New rates still apply.” – 6:51pm – 7 Apr 2015

He then tweeted a screen grabbed message from DStv this morning with the question, “Court order?”

The message, which was from DStv, reads, “Thank you for your payment. Premium HD is now N16, 150 from 1 April. Kindly pay balance to reconnect. Contact us on 012703232 or [email protected]

In a related development, Nigerians on Twitter reacted to the court order, some supporting it, others finding it pointless and others yet indifferent.

@temiokomi said, “Why sue DSTV though? NEPA collects N750 Meter Maintenance Fee EVERY month! Can’t we sue them instead?? Sheesh.”

@OKShorty1 said, “@Laurasboxx You can boycott if you like but it’s an abuse of judiciary to legislate price hikes. This is still a free market economy.”

@Laurasboxx had earlier tweeted, “God bless the person that too dstv to court. To think you intellectuals insulted people who spoke aginst the rise. Chai.”

@seyitaylor queried, “When did DSTV become an essential service? How many Nigerians have DSTV? Are we setting prices for Porsches next?”

@DoubleEph said, “There’s really something wrong when you can get courts and legislature to fight to lower DSTv prices for you.”

@bubusn said, “Suing DSTV for raising their fees is the height of “entitlement”. You have a choice, use it.”

@OlamideAdedeji concurred, saying, “DStv isn’t for everybody. Same way owning a Televison set isn’t for everybody. Millions watch #FreeToAir / #DTT”

Post Nigeria reached out for a comment from Multi choice but the entertainment giant declined to comment.