Former Irish leader to lead probe on African bank chief


Nigeria – Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson will lead a panel investigating the leader of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Akinwuni Adesina.

This is a panel that will be reviewing the report of the AfDB Ethics Committee, which cleared Adesina of corruption accusations in early May.

However, pressure for an independent investigation has persisted, with the United States rejecting the initial inquiry that cleared him.

According to a 15-page report published earlier this year, under Adesina’s watch the bank had been marred by poor governance, impunity, personal enrichment and favouritism. Adesina has denied all the allegations.

Robinson will lead the probe alongside Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan Jallow and the World Bank’s integrity vice-president Leonard McCarthy, said the bank’s board of governors in a statement on Wednesday.

The inquiry is due to deliver its findings in two to four weeks.


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