June 25, 2024

ATCIS Commends Court For Rejecting MultiChoice’s Plea To Stop NBC From Auditing Account

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ATCIS Commends Court For Rejecting MultiChoice’s Plea To Stop NBC From Auditing Account

The leaders of the Association of Telephones, Cable TV And Internet Subscribers of Nigeria (ATCIS) have applauded a Federal High Court ruling through Justice James Omotosho that gave the Nigeria Broadcast Commission (NBC) the law power to audit the account of MultiChoice.

Speaking through a chat on Sunday in Lagos, the National President of ATCIS, Hon. Prince Sina Bilesanmi described the ruling as a welcome development to the nation and commended the judiciary system for doing a good job.

Bilesanmi stated that MultiChoice has been extorting Nigerians and had failed to pay due taxes to the government.

The ATCIS National President further commended the Federal Government for launching a new Cable Tv Operator in the country, but insisted that the government should insist on Pay Per View or Pay As You Go plan.

The advocacy body believes that the government could still do more.

While commending the court, Sina Bilesanmi said that the ruling would bring more money into the coffers of the government.

National President, ATCIS, Hon Sina Bilesanmi

Bilesanmi stated that justice should be served to all the firms holding Nigerians to ransom.

“Let all our leaders to do the right thing so that the followers would follow and also do the right thing. But if the leaders are doing the wrong thing, there is no way the country would move forward, therefore, we have to do the right thing.

“Let joined hands with the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. ATCIS stands with good governance and with the administration,” he said.

Bilesanmi reiterated ATCIS’s commitment to support the government, and described as shameful the fact that there is an SAN among the counsels of MultiChoice, and owners of the firm.

He then appealed to the NBC to go deeply into the account of MultiChoice to find out; what’s the total number of PayTv Subscribers household in Nigeria? how many Subscribers in each subscription plan? how much does the organisation make a year?, adding that last year alone, the Cable Tv Operator increased subscription more than three times.

Hon. Prince Sina Bilesanmi

Bilesanmi stated that ATCIS could not sit down and foreign firms operating in the country would be extorting his member Nigerians.

He appealed to the presidency to set up a monitoring committee that would also checkmate the NBC, and said that members of the ATCIS as a PayTv advocacy body should be included in the committee.

“Whatever we do today will become history tomorrow. ATCIS is commending the court, NBC and this ruling would serve as a warning to others.

“ATCIS has spent more than 825 million naira basically on advocacy for the right of the people, according to our financial report, through donations from members, loans and support,” he said.

It had been reported on Friday May 24 that a Federal High Court in Abuja, refused to grant an application filed by MultiChoice Nigeria Ltd, seeking an interim order restraining the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) from requesting any financial, accounting or tax documents from them.

Justice James Omotosho, in a ruling on the ex-parte motion moved by the applicants’ counsel, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, rather directed all parties, in the interest of justice, not to take any step that could make the outcome of the suit nugatory.

According to the ruling delivered on Wednesday, its certified true copy was sighted on Friday.

“The ex-parte order for Interim Injunction dated 8th day of May, 2024 and filed 16th day of May, 2024 is hereby refused,” he declared.

Justice Omotosho then adjourned the matter until May 30 for hearing of the motion on notice.

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