The independent review panel constituted to look into allegations of corruption and abuse of office levelled against president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr. Akinwunmi Adesina, has exonerated him.
The panel led by Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland was constituted at the instance of the United States (U.S.) representative on the board of the bank, who requested for new Independent panel be set up after the bank’s ethics committee exonerated Adesina of a whistle blower allegation.
The new panel in a document containing its report, said it agrees with the findings of the bank’s ethics committee which had earlier absorbed Adesina of all allegations.
The 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,”
The Mary Robinson panel in its report, concerning the ethics committee noted that, “It took proper note of the criteria laid down for evaluating complaints and the sufficiency of supporting evidence.
“It consulted PIAC and the auditor-general. It engaged in discussion and debate of each individual complaint and reached a consensus on the outcome. It applied the correct standard and prepared a report for submission to the chairperson of the bureau of the board of governors”.
The committee also said the evidence provided by Adesina in his own statements before the panel were found to be “consistent with his innocence and to be persuasive”
Some whistleblower in the bank had accused Adesina of corruption, abuse of office and favouritism, which prompted an investigation by the bank’s ethics committee.
The committee later found him innocent, but the United States in a letter signed by its treasury secretary said that it had deep reservations about the integrity of the committee’s process. And thus requested for an new independent panel to probe the whistle blower allegations.
On June 5, Niale Kaba, chairperson of the bureau of the board of governors, said the bureau had agreed to authorise an independent review of the committee’s report in the interest of due process and the “need to carry every governor along in resolving it”.