A Nigerian appellate Court has reportedly ordered MultiChoice to sub-license some of its channels to Metro-digital under the code of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
According to BMA sources, the appeal court’s ruling asserted that the lower court made an error when it struck out the name of the third respondent on the suit. The lower court also made a mistake when it dismissed the appellant’s claim when the appellant proved the existence of the dispute between himself and the first respondent, which should have been reserved for the determination of the second respondent,” he said.
The Appeals Court Judge then gave an order of mandatory injunction to compel the Multichoice respondent to heed directives of the appellant’s complaints under the Nigerian Broadcasting Code (6th edition) as amended.”
In response to the judgment, Anaetochukwu Nworgu, the appellant’s lawyer, said the ruling was justice for all citizens of Nigeria.
“We appealed the court to against Multichoice to sub-license the enumerated channels we requested under the NBC code. The lower court denied that they have no sub-licensing rights, but the learned justice today gave them 21 days to comply with that order.”
However, Prof A. Amuda-Kannike, SAN, the lawyer to the first respondent, said they would challenge the judgement at the Supreme Court.