The leader of the African Bank of Development (AfDB) Akinwumi Adesina has been cleared of corruption allegations.
Adesina was exonerated when an independent panel of experts headed by former Irish President Mary Robinson cleared him of the corruption charges leveled against him.
Earlier this year, a 16-page report had claimed that under Adesina’s leadership the bank had been marred by poor governance, impunity, personal enrichment, and favoritism.
The panel of three experts led by Robinson alongside Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan Jallow and the World Bank’s vice president Leonard McCarthy cleared Adesina of all charges alleged by whistleblowers.
Part of the report which was concluded on Monday, July 27, 2020, reads:
The Panel concurs 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.”
Adesina had always stated that he was innocent of the charges and Robinson (who lead Ireland from 1990 to 1997 before serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2002) dismissed the 16 allegations against him.
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