AfDB saga: Former president of Ireland joins panel to review probe against Adesina

AfDB saga: Former president of Ireland joins panel to review probe against Adesina

- Ireland's former president has joined the panel reviewing the report that cleared AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina

- Adesina was exonerated from the allegations of impropriety and fraud leveled against him by the ethics board of the AfDB

- But the US government was not satisfied with the decision of the board and called for fresh probe into the allegation

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The president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina is set to face more heat as former president of Ireland Ms. Mary Robinson has joined the panel reviewing the report of the ethics committee that cleared the former minister of allegations of impropriety.

Robinson, who served as the president of Ireland between 1990 and 1997, will be included among the panel of three that would review the report, according to ThisDay.

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This is coming after AfDB's Board of Governors decided to set up a panel that was instigated by the United States of America to review the report of the bank's committee that cleared Adesina.

The panel's job is simply to review the ethics committee's report and it will not be commencing a new investigation on the allegations.

AfDB saga: Former President of Ireland joins panel to review probe against Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina
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Recall that Adesina was accused by a group of unidentified whistleblowers of handing contracts to acquaintances and appointing relatives to strategic positions at the Abidjan-based lender. He, however, has consistently denied the allegations leveled against him.

The bank chief who spoke out for the first time about the allegations expressed confidence in the integrity, rules, and processes of the bank. He described the allegations as trumped-up.

Though the ethics committee of the AfDB cleared Adesina, the United States was not happy with the board's decision.

The US treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, rejected plans by AfDB's board to end the investigation and called for an independent probe into allegations against him.

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After much hesitance, AfDB finally approved an independent investigation of the allegations against the president of the bank.

The bank took the decision on Thursday, June 4, at a meeting of the bureau of the board of governors regarding the whistle-blowers’ complaints against Adesina.

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Meanwhile, Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria's former president, has lambasted the United States of America for insisting on “independent investigation” into allegations of favouritism and others against the president of AfDB. gathered that Obasanjo, in a letter to the board and African former leaders, said the clearance granted Akinwunmi, who he said has performed creditably well, by the laid down institutions should have put the matter to rest.

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