A Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday struck out a suit filed against Multichoice Nigeria Limited seeking a reversal of a 20% increment on DSTV subscription rates.
The court also decline making an order compelling the National Broadcasting Commission to monitor and regulate the activities of Multichoice in Nigeria in order to avoid or prevent further increments which the plaintiffs referred to as arbitrary.
The court in summary held that it lacked the powers to interfere or regulate the prices of services that a business demands for its services. It submitted that any customer who is not pleased with the price reserves the right to opt out of the contract.
Trial Judge, C.J. Aneke said the suit is an abuse of court processes.
The court also refused the application by Lagos lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa to withdraw from the suit. Mr. Adegboruwa had while the matter was before the court sought to join the suit as plaintiff had on May 21 asked to be struck out so he will not be bound by the judgment of the court. The application was however objected to by the counsel to Multichoice.