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an independent review panel set up to probe the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has exonerated him of any wrongdoing.

The panel was set up by the Bureau of Governors of the Bank, following a complaint by the United States to review the process by which two previous organs of the bank – the Ethics Committee of the Board, and the Bureau of the Board of Governors – had previously exonerated Adesina.

The conclusions of the panel were decisive and cleared the way for Governors of the Bank to re-elect Adesina for a second five-year term as president during the annual meetings of the bank scheduled for August 25 to 27.

 APO Group said in a statement on Tuesday, “The distinguished three-member independent review panel include Mary Robinson, who is a former president of the Republic of Ireland, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the chairperson of the Elders, a global body of wise persons concerned with the world’s wellbeing.

“The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Gambia, Mr Hassan Jallow; and Mr Leonard McCarthy, a former director of Public Prosecutions, a former director for the Office of Serious Economic Offences, and a former head of the Directorate of Special Operations of South Africa.

 “He also served as the vice president of Integrity for the World Bank for nine years.”

 In January 2020, 16 allegations of ethical misconduct were levelled against Adesina by a group of whistleblowers.

The allegations which were reviewed by the bank’s Ethics Committee of the Board of Directors in March, were described as “frivolous and without merit.”

The findings and rulings of the Ethics Committee were subsequently upheld by the apex Bureau of the Board of Governors in May, which cleared Adesina of any wrongdoing.

The report of the independent review panel stated that it “Concurs with the (Ethics) 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.”


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