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AfDB President, Dr Adesina is not corrupt- Independent Panel

An independent panel of experts, headed by former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, has cleared the President African Bank of Development (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina of all allegations of corruption, and favouritism, according to reports obtained from AFP.

The panel of three experts, led by 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.

The Panel concurs with the bank’s 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,” Monday’s report concluded.

Dr Adesina, who is the sole candidate for the bank’s August’s presidential elections has been battered by the rollercoaster of allegations after the whistleblowers’ complaints were leaked to the media in April. The allegations have also affected the image of the bank.

The former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development had always stated he was “innocent” of the charges.

Some whistleblower allegations of favouritism had been levelled against Adesina and although he had been cleared by the ethics committee of the bank, the US had requested for an independent investigation saying it was not satisfied with the report of the committee.

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