Preparatory to the take-off of the trial, the presidential committee on anti-corruption, headed by Professor Itse Sagay, will meet with the leadership of both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). Sagay, in an exclusive interview with the Nigerian Tribune, had mentioned the planned meeting, without being specific on dates. It was learnt last night that the said meeting could be in two days, starting with today for EFCC and tomorrow for ICPC. Another system source said the Sagay’s committee could meet with the leadership of both institutions same day tomorrow. There was a flurry of meetings at ICPC on Sunday, in preparation for the meeting with the Sagay’s committee on Tuesday. Administrative, institutional and systemic issues to achieve major successes in the alleged looters’ trial, according to Thenigerialawyer sources, were listed to dominate the parley. A top source in ICPC confirmed the planned meeting, saying “yes, they (Sagay’s committee) are coming here tomorrow.” When contacted, Sagay neither confirmed nor denied the planned parley. According to him, “I am not confirming or denying a meeting with the anti-corruption agencies on Tuesday.” When asked if the Thenigerialawyer could speak with him on Tuesday, he said “even if the meeting holds on Tuesday and it is official to speak about it, why not, you can call me. But I am not saying anything about it until then. Sagay had told the Thenigerialawyer in the interview that his committee might serve as a clearing house for looters’ cases, which the two bodies would handle. Top sources in the anti-corruption agencies expressed reservation to the planned warehousing of cases and petitions by the advisory committee. The Code of Conduct Bureau leadership is also reportedly listed for visitation by the Sagay’s committee.]]>

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