…Former Irish President, Mary Robinson-led independent investigative panel exonerated AKinwunmi Adesina
Recall that Adesina was allegedly accused of favourtism and other charges by some whistleblowers, and the United States had called that an independent panel should investigate him despite been cleared by the ethics committee of the bank.
Adesina, a Nigerian banker and economist as the first person from the most populous black nation to manage AfDB was allegedly accused of poor management, impunity, personal enrichment and faavourtism in a 15-page report submitted by whistleblowers early this year.
When the internal investigative committee probed him and gave his report exonerating him of all the allegations, the United States as the largest shareholder of the bank insisted on external investigation to dig further.
The committee of three experts led by Mary Robinson alongside Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan Jallow and the World Bank’s integrity vice president Leonard McCarthy exonerated Adesina of all allegations raised by whistleblowers.
“The Panel occurs with the Committee in its findings in respect of all the allegations against the President and finds that they were properly considered and dismissed by the Committee,” the report said in part on Monday.
The institution is due for presidential elections in August and Adesina who is the sole candidate has now been cleared.
Adesina had always been testifying that he was innocent of all the allegations.