By Olaolu Bilau
Following an earlier report that the immediate past Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Jonah Otunla had some allegations trailing him, WESTERN POST can now authoritatively confirm that, contrary to the stories of alleged misappropriation of funds by his office, the former AGF was never investigated for any form of misconduct, but actually retired from service, after attaining the mandatory 60 years of age specified for civil servants.
A letter with reference number A20702/10 and dated March 12, 2015, made available to WESTERN POST indicated that Mr. Otunla had prior to his retirement, written to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, notifying him of his plan to retire from the civil service.
The Office of the Head of Service of the Federation had subsequently replied Mr. Otunla, acknowledging the receipt of the letter and conveying the approval of the president on the matter, while also congratulating and wishing him success.
“This is wishing you success in your future endeavours and hoping that you will oblige the Service, indeed the Nation, whenever there is need to tap from your wealth of experience.
“Please, accept the assurances of my warmest regards and to assure you that the Service and the Nation is ever grateful for your patriotic service to your fatherland, “the letter signed by the Head of Service read.
But sources had last week told WESTERN POST that about N2.5 billion meant for some security agencies in the country was allegedly misappropriated by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation under his watch, however, the allegation turned out to be false as the ex-AGF was found to have had a meritorious career in the nation’s public service and exited gracefully.
Mr. Jonah Otunla’s career in the Nigeria Public Service began in 1989, following his appointment as a Chief Internal Auditor for the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme. The year 1997 was a major milestone for him as he became the Accountant-General of Oyo State.
After he distinguished himself in the service of the Pacesetter State, Otunla transferred his service to the Federal level in March 2004 as Director of Finance and Accounts in the Federal Civil Service.
In 2011, providence propelled him to the very peak of his career as he was appointed the Accountant-General of the Federation.
Otunla served at both State and Federal levels, distinguishing himself and rising to the very peak of his career. He gained wide exposure and a wealth of experience from serving in key Federal establishments, including the National Hospital, Abuja, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Ministry of Defence, the Federal Ministries of Education and Finance, and, finally, the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, where he voluntarily retired on June 12, 2015, after attaining 60 years of age.