Reps To Set Up Committee To Investigate Multichoice, Other Service Providers

A file photo of lawmakers during plenary at the House of Representatives chamber in Abuja.

 

The House of Representatives has resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to look into the payment plan of Multichoice and other direct-to-home broadcast service providers to implement a Pay-As-You-Go Tariff Plan.

The lawmakers came to the resolution at plenary on Tuesday.

They expressed concerns that DSTV and other Direct-To-Home Service Providers have deliberately refused to implement the Pay-As-You-Go Tariff Plan but rather charge users on a fixed monthly tariff plan, unlike what is obtainable outside Nigeria.

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Representative Idem who raised the motion, informed lawmakers that DSTV operates a Pay-As-You-Go Tariff Plan in other countries but has chosen to exploit Nigerians through a fixed monthly plan.

According to him, Nigeria is the biggest market for DSTV and deserves to be treated better.

The motion was supported by lawmakers who described the action of DSTV as an abuse and unfair treatment to Nigerians.

Two Suspects Arrested For Illegal Broadcast In Uyo

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two persons for alleged illegal transmission of broadcast signals of MultiChoice (DSTV) to Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital and environs without authorisation.

Those arrested by operatives of the EFCC Uyo Zonal office on Monday were one Prisca Isaac and Nwosu Precious

According to tweets from the EFCC, both suspects sales representative and technician of a company in the area, Communication Trend Limited.

“The company allegedly charges Three Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N3, 500.00) and Seven Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N7, 500.00) monthly as subscription fees to its customers using DSTV and other decoders without permission,” one of the tweets said.

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The arrest followed a petition alleging breach of Multichoice’s English Premiership broadcast rights while some decoders, encoders, and transmitters were recovered.

The anti-graft agency said the suspects would be charged to court upon the conclusion of its investigation.

Read the tweets below:

Xenophobia: Tiwa Savage Cancels Scheduled Performance In South Africa

Tiwa Savage

 

Nigerian singer and songwriter, Tiwa Savage in reaction to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa have cancelled her scheduled performance in the country.

The hip hop star in a tweet on Wednesday said that she would no longer be performing at a DSTV festival scheduled to hold in Johannesburg, the nation’s capital, later this month.

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She described the attacks on Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa as “sick” and added that this is the reason why, she would not be participating in the festival.

 

Savage’s reaction to the xenophobic attacks comes a day after talented Nigerian artiste, Burna Boy, vowed never to visit the country.

The self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’ took to his Twitter on Tuesday to vent over the recent attacks, stating that he had also had his fair share of xenophobic experiences in South Africa.

According to him, although his dream had always been to see a united Africa, that dream may no longer be feasible until the government takes decisive measures against the situation.

Cartoon Network Denies Airing Sensitive Adult Content

DSTV’s Cartoon Network has disclaimed airing sensitive adult content reportedly aired on its channel.

Social media users shared comments following reports that the satellite television station displayed a photo that portrays nudity and promotes homosexuality.

Allaying the fears of parents, DStv responded to the comments, via Instagram claiming that the pictures were never aired on the Cartoon channel.

“We are aware of the justified concern of some of our African viewers regarding what purportedly shows inappropriate content on Cartoon Network.

“We can confirm without hesitation that these images are not authentic and have never been broadcasted or shared on any official Cartoon Network platforms in Africa in any capacity.

“The fake images on social media were not produced by Cartoon Network, and are in no way representative of our goal to provide suitable, age-appropriate entertainment for African children and families.”

Basketball: Rivers Hoopers Continue Fine League Form

Rivers Hoopers, Basketball, DSTVRivers Hoopers have continued their fine form in the Nigeria Premier Basketball League with a slim 59-53 win of the Oluyole Warriors in a weary match up in Port Harcourt.

Point Guard, Chimobi Azubuike, scored 16 points while Somto Chukwu Managor and Moses Godffrey added 8 apiece and 6 rebounds in a very close encounter in Hoopers fourth straight win of the season.

The former champions went into the game in confident mood after wrapping up three straight wins. Although both sides started slowly as no shots were made in the first two minutes of the first quarter.

It was Friday’s hero, Ronald Alalibo whose shot in 8:30 opened the basket for both teams followed up by 3-pointers from the opposing side sparked the game to life.

Azubuike’s double shot with less than 40 seconds on the clock ensured the Port Harcourt side head to the second quarter with 15-13 lead.

The Petroleum Engineering student of the University of Port Harcourt continued from where he left off in the first quarter with two straight shot within few seconds of the second .The game was tied in different occasion, 2:57 25-25, 0:54 27-27 before Moses’s three point shot before the buzzer gave Hoopers the lead going to the break 30-29.

Similarly, Azubuike continued with his brilliant performance in the third quarter with two steals and it also recorded tied points from both teams in 6:26 36-36, 5:45 38-38.

The host, however, got a 10-point lead 54-44 in the fourth with less than five minutes on the clock but the Warriors successfully reduced the deficit but could not snatch the win as they were made to do catch up till the end of the game.

The excited Ogoh Odaudu dedicated the double win to Hoopers’ fans.

“It is a great feeling and it’s something we could have done over and over again during the regular season. It is the last time our fans would see us play this season so we had to give them something to go home with. So the double win was not for us but for our fans.

“If you look at both teams you could see that fatigue had set in a little bit because it was a strenuous game yesterday (Friday) both teams burnt themselves out and today (Saturday) fatigue started setting in and it was a slow and unimpressive game but most importantly is that we came out top.” Odaudu said.

Oluyole Warriors coach, Taye Shobolu hopes his team can still make the last four from the Atlantic Conference of the DSTV Basketball League.

“I am not disappointed. My players did their best and you all can see that the score is so close. Delta Force still have a game in Lagos against Nigeria Customs and the outcome of the game will determine our fate.” Shobolu explained.

Rivers Hoopers will next play Conference leaders, Kwara Falcons on May 27 and 28 in Ilorin which will be the team’s last game of the regular season. Falcons have remained unbeaten on home court.

AMVCA 2016: Full List Of Winners

AMVCAThe 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) took place on Saturday, March 5 in Lagos.

The award, which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos had several African celebrities appearing in style.

It was the best of African fashion as top stars climbed the stage to present and receive the AMVCA plaque.

The AMVCA rewards the most outstanding performances in African cinema.

The 2016 edition was hosted by seasoned media personality IK Osakioduwa and Minnie Dlamini.

Below is the full list of winners on the night:

Best Art Director – Frank Rajah (The Refugees)
Best Television Series Award – Ariyike Oladipo (Daddy’s Girls)
Best Makeup Artist in a Movie or Series – Louiza Calore for Ayanda
Best Short Film or Online Video Award – Oluseyi Amuwafo (A Day With Death)
Best Writer for Movie and TV series – Trish Malone (Ayanda)
Best Lighting Designer (Movies/TV) – Stanley Ohikhuare (Common Man)
Best Cinematographer – Paul Michaelson (Tell Me Sweet Something)
Best Sound Editor – Jose Guillermo (Cry)
Best Picture Editor – Shirley Frimpong-Manso (Rebecca)
Best Costume Designer – Uche Nancy (Dry)
Best Local Language Movie/TV Series (Swahili) – Single Mtambalike (Kitendawali)
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Hausa) – Salisu Balarebe (Dandi Kowa)
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Yoruba) – Binta Ofege
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Igbo) – Paul Igwe (Usekwu Igbo)
Best Documentary – Remi Vaughan (Faaji Agba)
Best Supporting Actor In A Movie – Sambassa Nzeriba (A Soldier’s Story)
Best Supporting Actress – Tunbosun Aiyedihin (Before 30)
Best Actor In A Comedy – Folarin ‘Falz The Bahd Guy’ Falana (Jenifa’s Diary)
Best Actress In A Comedy – Funke Akindele (Jenifa’s Diary)
Trail Blazer Award – Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju
AMVCA 2016 Industry Merit Award – Bukky Ajayi and Sadiq Daba
Best Movie (Southern Africa) – Joyce Chavura – (Lilongwe)
Best Movie (East Africa) – Elizabeth Miachael – (Mapenzi)
Best Movie (West Africa) – Genevieve, Chinny Onwugbenu and Chichi Nwoko – (Road to Yesterday)
Best Actress In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Adesua Etomi (Falling)
Best Actor In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Daniel K. Daniel (A Soldier’s Story)
The Best Director – Akin Omotosho (Tell Me Sweet Something)
Best Overall Movie – Stephanie Linus (Dry)

Court Strikes Out Suit On DSTV’s New Rates

DSTVA Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday struck out a suit filed by some aggrieved subscribers challenging the recent 20% increment on subscription rate of Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) being operated by Multichoice Nigeria Limited.

The aggrieved subscribers, Osasuyi Adebayo and Oluyinka Oyeniji, who are also lawyers, had filed the class action on behalf of themselves and all other DSTV subscribers across the country.

The plaintiffs had sought an order of the court restraining Multi-Choice from implementing the 20% increment on DSTV subscription rate which began on April 1, 2015.

Justice Chukwujeku Aneke, in a ruling, upheld the preliminary objection filed by Multichoice, and ruled that the suit amounted to an abuse of court process.

The judge rejected an argument by the plaintiffs that Multichoice deserved not to be given right of audience having failed to abide by an earlier ex-parte order of the court restraining the company from implementing the increment.

Justice Aneke said the court was bound to entertain arguments from all parties before it, irrespective of the alleged violation of the court order.

The court further ruled that the suit disclosed no reasonable cause of action, as the plaintiffs were not under any obligation to continue to subscribe to the services of Multichoice in the face of the increment.

Besides, Justice Aneke upheld Multichoice’s argument that the suit failed to comply with mandatory provisions of Sections 97 and 98 of the Sherrifs and Civil Processes Act.

The sections stipulate that a writ to be served outside jurisdiction must be concurrently issued.

The second defendant in the suit, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), which is based in Abuja, was said to have been served without compliance with the provisions of law.

The plaintiffs, through their lawyer, Yemi Salma, had urged the court to discountenance such argument, as Section 19 of the Federal High Court Act, had clearly defined the jurisdiction of the court to be one within Nigeria.

Salma had further urged the court not to punish any irregularity in the issuance of the writ on the plaintiffs, as such emanated from the court.

He also stated that such irregularity could be corrected by the court in doing substantial justice.

However, the judge rejected the plantiffs’ argument, and upheld the objection.

Justice Aneke was also silent on an argument by the plaintiffs that the objection should be treated as a demurrer, which has been abolished from the rules of court.

Demurrer is an attempt by a defendant to get dismissal of a suit without filing any process to the substantive issues.

In the instant suit, Multichoice only filed preliminary objection, and did not file any process against the substantive suit.

Besides, Justice Aneke, earlier in the proceedings, rejected an attempt by human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa to opt out of the suit.

Adegboruwa had filed an application to be joined as a co-plaintiff, but later filed an application to opt out.

Justice Aneke simply said he was persuaded by a Supreme Court decision which stated that once an objection is raised challenging jurisdiction, the court was duty bound to first determine the objection before entertaining any other application.

According to the suit, the plaintiffs had sought an order of the court compelling the NBC to regulate the activities of Multichoice so as to prevent what they described as arbitrary increment in subscription rates.

They specifically urged the court to impress it on NBC to be alive to its statutory responsibility by ensuring that Multichoice is compelled to implement the pay-per-view scheme in Nigeria, whereby subscribers would only pay for programmes they watched, as was being done in other parts of the world where Multichoice operated.

But Multichoice, through its lawyer, Moyosore Onigbanjo argued that the plaintiffs had no cause of action, adding that a court did not have the power to regulate the price of services that a business was offering to its customers.

The company further contended that neither the government nor the court could regulate prices in Nigeria, being a country that operates a free market economy.

The company pointed out that under its conditions or terms of agreement, especially clauses 40 and 41, it was at liberty to, from time to time, change the fees payable by subscribers for the services being offered by the company.

Channels Television Clinches Best Practice Award

Channels Television has been named winner of the Advertising Best Practice Award at the Advertising Standards Panel Awards which held in Lagos recently.

The organisers of the award ceremony, Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria (APCON), had said that Channels Television won for its strict compliance with rules and regulations guiding advertising in Nigeria.

The Chairman, APCON Governing Council, Lolu Akinwumni, commended the Station for being professional in managing its relationship with APCON in line with laid down rules by the Advertising Standards Panel.

Other nominees in the category were AIT, STV and DSTV.

15 other brands and agencies won awards at the event.

Zenith Bank Basketball League To Start New Season With 16 Teams

The Zenith Bank Basketball League for men and women is to start the new season 16 teams, as 5 teams have been added to the initial number of teams in the league, the NBBF said.

According to Daily Trust, Mallam Tijani Umar, the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation confirmed this information on the telephone, saying that the aim of the inclusion is to achieve robustness in the league and to also make it more colourful.

The new season for the men and women’s leagues, according to him will start in March after the NBBF and their major partners Multichoice Nigeria Ltd and Zenith Bank, PLC endorsed the commencement of the 2012/2013 Dstv Premier League for men to start on Saturday March 9, 2013 and Zenith Bank Women’s League for March 21 respectively.

This will also bring in some changes in the format of which the league use to run in the areas of relegation, as eight of the teams will drop while the other eight teams will qualify for the final play offs. Also, the almost predicable winner of the league most a times will not be possible again as the addition would bring more hostilities.

The Indoor Hall, National Stadium, Abuja will host the commencement phase of the Zenith League for Women while a pre-season press briefing and cheque presentation ceremony will hold in the National Stadium, Lagos on March 28.

Plateau Peaks and new-comers Mark Mentors will be replacing Tapgun Rockets in the Savannah Conference while debutants Oluyole Warriors will taste premiership action in the Atlantic conference.

Watch More Local Stations not DStv For News, DG NOA tells Nigerians

The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri on Thursday said Nigerians must learn to pay attention to local news media for information that will enhance their lives.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Omeri queried Nigerians who complained that there are not aware of the activities of his agency.

He said: “I have discovered something, like I said, I have travelled over 20, 000Km since I took office. I have met people who say they have not seen me even in their states but then when I ask them what do they watch? They watch CNN, they are always on DStv watching other programmes; they don’t watch local stations.”

Mr Omeri said because Nigerians are always watching programmes on Digital Satellite television (DStv), the NOA may have to broadcast its information through that channel.

He however advised that “Nigerians must begin to look inward and look at their stations for news and things that interest them and are happening within their communities.”