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Akinwumi Adesina Cleared Of Corruption Allegations

The beleaguered leader of the African Bank of Development, AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina has been cleared of corruption.

Adesina was cleared by an independent panel of three experts, headed by former Irish president Mary Robinson.

Adesina became the first Nigerian to helm the AfDB in 2015, but a 15-page report earlier this year claimed that under his watch the bank had been tarred by poor governance, impunity, personal enrichment and favouritism.

The panel made up of Robinson alongside Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan Jallow and the World Bank’s integrity vice president Leonard McCarthy, cleared Adesina of all charges alleged by whistleblowers.

Monday report said:

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.

Robinson, leader of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 before serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2002, dismissed the 16 whistleblower allegations against Adesina.

The panel did not investigate the charges themselves, as that was not within their mandate.

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