Malicious Abuse of Authority

Yinka Oyesanya made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

It is quite sad that I have chosen today (Christmas Day) 25th of December 2012 to make this request.

While everyone is celebrating the festive period, I am having worries about what the future holds because I have lost yet another in October 2012 due to information that was maliciously leaked from racial problems that I encountered from some members of the armed forces and civilian staff at Wellington Baracks in 2007, and the Horse Guards in Whitehall in 2008. The information in question is bound by the Official Secrets Act.

I received a response from the Army dated 20 December 2012 (Ref: ArmyHQ/Sec/13/04) to a Freedom of Information Request I made to the MOD dated 11th December 2012. This response has not been helpful, and the response has been set up to continually compound my problems even further.

Due to the very unhelpful nature of the British Army, I have chosen a more public forum to make my request to the MOD.

I am writing to request under the Freedom of Information, details and outcome of investigations initiated by the Commanding Officer of the Welsh Guards at Wellington Barracks on 13 June 2007, a second investigation by the Military Assistant 2 to the Chief of General Staff dated 14 December 2007, further Army action into an incident that occurred on 27th June 2008 of which numerous requests to the Army for CCTV footage for that date and the 2nd of October 2008 - where one of the culprits was assisted by the Army in deceiving the police with timings of visit to QLG when she was meant to be assisting the police with their enquiries - and, further request for further assistance by way of a 20 January 2009 letter from me to the Military Assistant 2 to the Chief of the General Staff; who completely ignored me until I rebuffed the contents of this article: "Eight Cheats Seized In Barracks Kitchen" http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/new... where the Army were assisiting the catering firm in avoiding redundancy payments, which was responded to in a letter dated 4th March 2009.

I would be most grateful if my request is fully honoured as the refusal of the Army to vindicate me is hampering me in securing employment as this information that was supposed to be bound by the Official Secrets Act - which all parties involved had signed - is maliciously being fed to future prospective employers.

Yours faithfully,

Yinka Oyesanya

LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr Oyesanya,

 

A reply to the above request is attached.

 

Army Secretariat, IDL 24|Floor 2|Blenheim Building|Army Head
Quarters|Marlborough Lines|Andover|Hampshire|SP11 8HJ

 

 

 

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

An attachment was meant to have come with this reply. Can you kindly resend it as I could not find it?

Is this response meant to be an acknowledgement?

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

I have followed the attachment supplied in your response to my request and this is the response I got:

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16 January 2013 13:48:00 by Support (Phil B)
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This is is absolutely nothing to do with us.

You must contact the MOD, they have not referred you to us in the link you have provided.

We are not the MOD, we are Not a contractor to the MOD and are a Civilian, Privately Owned Company.

Regards,
Forces Reunited Support

This is getting embarrassing. I would be most grateful if you kindly take my request seriously and provide me with the information I have requested.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr Oyesanya

 

Your latest request dated 16 January 2013 14:02 states that the attachment
we supplied in our response below was a message you have received from
Forces Reunited Support. We do not know where the message from Forces
Reunited Support has originated from, but it was certainly not this
office. Our attachment is a response to your e-mail message of 25 December
using [1]request–143273–3784288e@whatdotheyknow.com which was sent to you
on 15 January but is attached again for your convenience.

 

 

Army Secretariat

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From: LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER)
Sent: 15 January 2013 17:22
To: '[email address]'
Subject: Release-authorised:20130103-FOI 141924_69661_Oyesanya-P

 

Dear Mr Oyesanya,

 

As per your request dated 12 January 2013, I attach our response to your
request dated 25 December [2][email address] which was
sent to you on 10 January 2013. As you will see this is a response to your
request and not an acknowledgement letter.

 

Army Secretariat

 

 

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From: LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER)
Sent: 10 January 2013 09:40
To: '[email address]'
Subject: 20130103-FOI 141924_69661_Oyesanya-P

 

Dear Mr Oyesanya,

 

A reply to the above request is attached.

 

Army Secretariat, IDL 24|Floor 2|Blenheim Building|Army Head
Quarters|Marlborough Lines|Andover|Hampshire|SP11 8HJ

 

References

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1. mailto:request–143273–3784288e@whatdotheyknow.com
2. mailto:[email address]

LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr Oyesanya,

 

As per your request dated 12 January 2013, I attach our response to your
request dated 25 December [1][email address] which was
sent to you on 10 January 2013. As you will see this is a response to your
request and not an acknowledgement letter.

 

Army Secretariat

 

 

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From: LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER)
Sent: 10 January 2013 09:40
To: '[email address]'
Subject: 20130103-FOI 141924_69661_Oyesanya-P

 

Dear Mr Oyesanya,

 

A reply to the above request is attached.

 

Army Secretariat, IDL 24|Floor 2|Blenheim Building|Army Head
Quarters|Marlborough Lines|Andover|Hampshire|SP11 8HJ

 

References

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1. mailto:[email address]

Ganesh Sittampalam left an annotation ()

The message immediately above dated 15th January was sent on that date, but to the wrong email address. It therefore wasn't delivered to the request thread until I manually did so just now.

I can also confirm that the email of 10th January had no attachment.

Ganesh - WhatDoTheyKnow volunteer

LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER,

I have made numerous requests prior to my publicly requested one via What Do They Know on 25 December 2012 (Christmas Day) which you and other senior military personnel have either treated shabbily, or just simply ignored.

By law, you should have responded promptly by now and have clearly chosen not to do so. You have not given any credible, or, no reason at all for this delay. Can you kindly give a detailed reason for this publicly? I am sure that you are aware that the credibility of the British Army is on the line with the obstinate position you have chosen to take?

The information I have requested for was bound by the Official Secrets Act and as a result should never have ended in the hands of my previous employer's - who have only terminated my contract of employment with them because of its wrongful and illegal disclosure, who are now readily prepared for a battle in an Employment Tribunal; having this supposedly confidential information as an added advantage.

Your disclosure of this information will only prevent me from having to go through all this unnecessary agony.

Can you please kindly supply me with it?

Sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya.

I think it is quite odd that you have chosen to conceal this information from me - and I was directly involved in all of it - but seem happy to disclose it to people who are total strangers to me; people whose behaviour (action to terminate my contract of employment because of it) on this subject cannot be seen to be legal; but, have been buoyed by the fact that organisations like the British Army - as in the past - are again prepared to help them conceal their wrongful doing, probably because of the racial element to it.

Sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya.

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

My request to you has well exceeded the stipulated date for a reply from you.

For transparency purposes, can you kindly give me a reason for this delay considering that the last date for these incidents goes as far back as 2009?

I am sure that you are aware that the Army's credibility in the eyes of the public is on the line with your handling of this matter, and your refusal to respond?

Sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya.

LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr Oyesanya,

Thank you for your e-mail messages regarding the above request. As already detailed below our response to your request of 25 December 2012 was sent to you on 10 January and again on 12 January. I can confirm that a response to the only outstanding correspondence we have with you (your letter dated 8 January) will be posted tonight.

Army Secretariat

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Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

Thank you for your response dated 8 February 2013.

I will like to make it clear that I have not received a single response to my detailed request, and whatever you claim to be a response read very much like an acknowledgement.

You have stated that an outstanding correspondence will be sent in the post. Is there any reason why you have not put it on public display via What Do They Know's website?

Again, I am publicly clarifying my position that I have yet to receive any positive response to my requests, and that what you are putting on display for all to see is how badly I have been treated in all correspondences I have exchanged with the Army since 2007.

I am pleading with the Army to kindly take my request seriously as the refusal to honour it is severly having a very negative impact on my life.

As a supposedly law abiding organisation, I hope the Army would coduct its response to my request in line with the law.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr Oyesanya

I am replying to the message below. May I please request that you wait
until you receive our letter that has been sent in the post to you as I
am sure that this will show that we do treat all correspondence
correctly?

I can confirm that we replied by letter because you wrote direct to us
again on the 8 January 2013. Please refer to our e-mail message of 8
February regarding the above reference.

Please note that each time you contact us we reply via the route the
request was received and treat each request as a new one if we receive
correspondence from different areas or in different formats.

Army Secretariat

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Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

I made a Freedom of Information request on Christmas Day 25th of December 2012 which is well documented on this web page; and in the full view of the public.

Having written to the Army in the past over the serious issue of the Army's catering supplier's/company's (which I used to work for) threat to reveal serious issues (which I have detailed on What Do They Know's web page on 25/12/2012) which occurred on the Army's premises, and bound by the Official Secrets Act, and my request to resolve this matter before it becomes another persons problem, the Army completely ignored me.

One senior member of staff of this catering company stated: "It is not our practice as a company to give references over the phone, and any caller would have been advised of this. We have certainly not received any written requests. Had we done so, I would have advised the prospective employer that Mr Oyesanya was dismissed for a breach of mutual trust and confidence".

This is concerning matters that occurred on the British Army's premises. Serious matters bound by the MOD's Official Secrets Act.

This frenzied soul has gone ahead and carried out his threat; a malicious act which has seen me lose three jobs and other job opportunities to date.

I have since received letters dated 21 December 2012 (which I received in the new year after I had made this request via What Do They Know on 25/12/2012), an attached document (by yourselves) dated 10 January 2013, a 09 February 2013 letter and a 14th February 2013 letter enclosed with Data Protection Act 1998 (SAR) Form.

None of these letters have addressed my 25 December 2012 request, and all seem to be deflecting me away from it.

Letters dated 20 & 21 December 2012, and 9 February 2013, have all stated that one of the regimental companies was the only one that carried out an investigation; despite the Military Assistant 2 to the Chief of the General Staff in 2008 informing the Citizens Advice Bureaux a different message to the contrary.

This is unacceptable.

I am again asking the Army - in full view of the public - to please respond to my 25th of December 2012 request. I have not seen the full findings of the investigation carried out by this regiment.

If the Military Assistant 2 to the Chief of the General Staff did not carry out an investigation into my complaints that saw me lose my job, and have now had to endure all that that I listed on 25 December 2012 which you are now - in full view of the public - deliberately ignoring, can you advice on how I can make an official complaint about him?

The information that the catering company has wilfully and maliciously handed out to my last employer has created another set of problems in a different location.

When a matter is raised within the Army, a very professional approach coupled with the highest of standards within the law is all I expect.

So far there has been no evidence of this.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

Can you kindly send me the original copy of a letter dated 26th July 2007 which I accidentally sent with a letter dated 8th January 2013 to the Army Headquarters?

Thanking you for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

My request to the Army dated 25th December 2012 has not been answered in any form at all. Responses publicly given have been misleading, and for reasons not clear to me, the Army have still not responded; despite a legal obligation to do so; responses they have given so far backs up my view as they have continuously forbed me off with a series of excuses.

Due to the Army refusing to disclose this much needed information, I have not been able to either gain regular employment after the catering company Sodexo Defence - who are habitual visitors to Employment Tribunals as Defendants - disclosed the Army's investigations into a series of complaints I made to the Army under The Equality and Diversity Directive for the Army; which are all bound by the Official Secrets Act.

I am now on the verge of losing my benefits (as I now have to sign on for Job Seekers Allowance) when signing on for benefits is the last thing I want to do; but have been forced into as a result of this information leaking out.

This unfair treatment - even in view of the public - is unacceptable. The Army's refusal to give a direct public response to my requests shows that they are hiding something.

I am going to garner some help in making an approach for an Internal Review. The Army were supposed (at least this was what I was expecting) to have taken a neutral standpoint right from the onset. This as it shows they have not done.

Can the LF-Sec-&Group (Multiuser) please respond? Can you also honour my resquest of 25th February 2013 re: letter from the Welsh Guards E&D Advisor?

I look forward to a transparent and public response from you.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr Oyesanya

 

This is a reply to your e-mail of 16 March 2013. Please find attached
copies of our letters sent to you dated 11 and 14 February as these
explain what you need to do so that we can assist you with your request.
You need to complete the Subject Access Request form that was sent to you
and return it with a photocopy of your proof of identity to the address
shown.

 

Please note that we are unable to assist you further until this is done

 

Army Secretariat

 

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

Thank you for your 5th April 2013 response and attachments.

Unfortunately, the avenue you are trying to take me down will not provide me with the information I have requested. Our communications so far have been in a public forum. Your responses to date have been evasive.

You have now taken this matter to an all time low. Despite your lack of respect for me as a person by your refusal to disclose the information I have requested - which would be helpful in unlocking the block in my search for new and settled employment, you have now put my address on public display via your attachments. This is clearly 'malicious'.

This is also a clear sign that you are trying to force me into submission. Whatever becomes of this latest stunt of yours will now become a very public matter. Whoever posted this on behalf of the Army has deliberately done out of guilt and malice.

This further proves my point that findings to my complaints to the Army does exist, and that you have been deliberately hiding them from me all these years.

Whoever chose to play this latest stunt has dragged the credibility of the British Army to an all time low - regarding this matter. This act is crass and deserves to be reported to a much higher figure in authority.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Yinka Oyesanya left an annotation ()

I have written to ask for a reason for the removal of my request and no one has yet to get back to me. In the absence of no response, can you kindly restore it back to the public viewing?

John Cross left an annotation ()

The requesters address had to be removed from two attachments by site volunteers.

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

It is nearly five months since Christmas and the Army has still not disclosed the findings of investigations into complaints of harassment I was on the receiving end of while I was under their command working in two of their barracks between 2005 and 2009.

This indicates a sign of guilt on their part. I also requested for a letter I sent in error to be returned to me. The letter in question is a letter from the Equality and Diversity Adisor for the Welsh Guards dated 26th July 2007 to me. This letter has still not been returned.

This only shows that the Army has so far not behaved with any integrity at all. With behaviour of this sort, it makes you wonder what kind of values they teach their young recruits.

They have shown a scant disregard and contempt for the regulations.

Having said that, one has to call into question the methods of operation of the Employment Tribunals Service under David Latham during that period that has only exacerbated this situation.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr Oyesanya,

 

Please find attached a response to the above request.

 

Army Secretariat

 

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

I am writing in reply to your message dated 4th June 2013.

You finally included a copy of a letter from the Equality and Diversity Advisor for the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards dated 26 July 2007; after ignoring my previous request for it on 25th February 2013 and 16th March 2013.

What you have shown is a reluctance to respond to my request for this letter despite making two pleas to you for it. You have also exhibited your deliberately being difficult with your refusal to respond to my request even though you had it in your possession since February 2013. The 26th July 2007 letter you sent was a copy; which means you still have the original one in your possession.

This adds credance to my claim that you have got the information I have requested for, and are deliberately refusing to disclose it to me.

The personal data that you are referring me to will not give me the information that would be helpful to me, nor is it what I want.

Your intransigence so far proves that the findings I have requested for exists.

Why are you deliberately being difficult? Do you in all honesty feel that you are representing the British Army honourably?

I somehow do not think so. I am still waiting with bated breath for your response.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr Oyesanya,

 

Please find attached a response to your request dated 6 June 2013.

 

 

Thank you

 

Army Secretariat

 

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

I am writing further to your attached letter dated 21 June 2013, and my response to it in a letter dated 28th June 2013 to HQ SAR Cordinator.

You have asked me to submit a photocopy of the proof of my identity which I enclosed with my letter and sent by Special Delivery.

As the incidents that led me to contact the Army in the first place dates back to between 2007 and 2009, I believe the information I have requested should be ready.

Is there any reason why I have still not received it yet; despite what you have written in your 21 June 2013 attachment?

I would be most grateful if you can kindly forward it on to me as soon as you can.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

Further to a telephone call from my MP's office, I was informed that the Army will provide me with the information I have requested in August 2013.

We are in August now, and I have respectfully given you the first day of the month to sort this matter out, and outside of returning the original letter from the Equality and Adversity Advisor of the Welsh Guards dated 26 July 2007, nothing else has arrived for me in the post.

I am pasting a letter dated 28th June 2013 from me to the Army:

28th June 2013.

Your Ref: ArmyHQ/Sec/13/04/70735

HQ SAR Coordinator,
Ministry of Defence,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing in response to your response (21 June 2013) to my Freedom of Information Request from the Army.

The information I have requested for is as follows:

1.The findings of the investigation initiated by the Commanding Officer of the Welsh Guards at Wellington Barracks on 13 June 2007.

2.The findings to the second investigation by the Military Assistant 2 to the Chief of General Staff Major [name removed] on 14 December 2007.

3.Findings to the incident of 27th June 2008 which I reported to the Metropolitan Police and was brought to the attention of Major General [name removed] in a letter dated 7th December 2008 to which he responded.

4. Action taken by the Army to my 2nd March 2009 letter to the then Military Assistant 2 to the Chief of General Staff.

I would like to highlight a point that my needs for the requested information are not malicious, and would not be used in any malicious way, but would be helpful in my urgent need to move on with my life.

Unfortunately, an issue of trust was clearly breached and greatly abused by the firm providing the Army’s catering.

I would be most grateful for your assistance on this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Ganesh Sittampalam left an annotation ()

The requester has asked that the names of the two military officers be redacted from the latest email in this thread.

Ganesh - WhatDoTheyKnow volunteer

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

The second week into August 2013 - the month the Army chose to disclose the information I have requested - is now coming to an end; and the Army has still refused to release it.

I am again attaching my letter for the information that the Army asked me to supply them with:

28th June 2013.

Your Ref: ArmyHQ/Sec/13/04/70735

HQ SAR Coordinator,
Ministry of Defence,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing in response to your response (21 June 2013) to my Freedom of Information Request from the Army.

The information I have requested for is as follows:

1.The findings of the investigation initiated by the Commanding Officer of the Welsh Guards at Wellington Barracks on 13 June 2007.

2.The findings to the second investigation by the then Military Assistant 2 to the Chief of General Staff Major on 14 December 2007.

3.Findings to the incident of 27th June 2008 which I reported to the Metropolitan Police and was brought to the attention of Major General of the Horse Guards Parade in a letter dated 7th December 2008 to which he responded.

4. Action taken by the Army to my 2nd March 2009 letter to the then Military Assistant 2 to the Chief of General Staff.

I would like to highlight a point that my needs for the requested information are not malicious, and would not be used in any malicious way, but would be helpful in my urgent need to move on with my life.

Unfortunately, an issue of trust was clearly breached and greatly abused by the firm providing the Army’s catering.

I would be most grateful for your assistance on this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Ps: The action of the Army's caterers is in breach of the Race Relations Act 1976. The Army is supposed to be an equal opportunities employer, but are not displaying this quality with their intransigence. I hope the members of the public who view my messages can kindly offer some support for my request. Nearly one year on I am still striving to seek employment.

The idiots from the Army's caterer's who chose to disclose this confidential information must have been well aware of how damaging their irresponsible and crass acts could be to me. The acting HR Director of Corporate Services segment for that catering firm wrote in a statement to the employment tribunals in 2009 that:

"I would have advised the prospective employer that Mr Oyesanya was dismissed for a breach of mutual trust and confidence. This he has gone on to do."

The Army are the only ones surpressing the truth of what really went on on their premises which has left me in my present predicament. Informing my MP that the Army will present me with this much needed information in August 2013, and have still not is not presenting the Army in a good light at all.

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

I have received a reply from Rt Hon Mark Francois - Minister for Defense Personnel, Welfare and Veterans - through my MP Rt Hon Sadiq Khan dated 30 July 2013.

I will give it a full response within the next few days.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

It is coming up to a year since I first put out this request, and I am appalled at the lack of help to me from different government offices; which includes the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

This incessant need for different government offices to rely on the Employment Tribunals Service to do their evil deeds is something I can't fathom. I have requested for this information under the Freedon of Information from the MOD/British Army and both parties have refused to honour my request.

The latest addition to the party - Rt Hon. Mark Francois - has chosen to abuse his position to protect the wrongful actions of the MOD and British Army by asking me to return to the Army's caterers who are the cause of all the problems I have highlighted, and are well aware of the injustice that Employment Tribunals across the country are delivering to people of Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. The Army's caterers were very difficult people to work with, and thought nothing of abusing their positions because of their awareness of the wrongful operations of the employment tribunals; whose decisions have only worsened these problems with the MOD/British Army.

It is quite disturbing that Mr Francois did not act objectivly like a government minister should. Mr Francois should have looked at all the facts first, and made sure that all the regulations in place were complied with. This he hasn't done despite my MP informing him of the harm the MOD's refusal to disclose this information is doing to my employment. Mr Francois has instead chosen to use his position to protect the wronful doings of the MOD and the Army. I intend to take this matter up within Mr Francois's party.

I am again pleading for the MOD and the British Army to disclose the information I have requested for as their hopeless caterer's have already leaked it out to people who had no right to it.

I have no intention of dropping this matter until I get the information I have requested.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

I noticed you are now hiding behind a democratically elected government minister - whose duty is to the nation - and not to provide you with cover in your wrong doings.

Plese, I will like to remind you that I am still awaiting for this request to be provided. There is a big question of integrity at play here.The refusal to disclose this information is hurting my job prospects, and no government minister should be party to harming the prospects of an electorate and British Citizen

Your refusal to answer now that a government minister has chosen to abuse his position by providing you with cover - in wrong doing - is a clear sign of guilt.

I hope other members of the public who have read, or have come across my request and are about to read it, can note the date I first made this matter public, and match it with that of Andrew Mitchell MP and former government minister against the police, to see the huge disparity in treatment from the authorities to elected MPs and the electorate; very undemocratic.

Kindly provide me with the information I have requested for please?

Thanking you for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

Today is one year since I put in the original request to the MOD, and they have still refused to present me with the information I have requested for in order to help unblock my employment problems that have been going on since 2003. Another festive period has arrived and the problems that made me request for this information is still persisting, and is greatly affecting my applications for employment; greatly hampering my future prospects in the process.

The MOD has clearly refused to be helpful which made me request the assistance of my Member of Parliament – Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan. A female member of Mr. Khan’s office informed me in July 2013 that the MOD will release this information in August 2013 because of an Employment Tribunal hearing I was meant to be attending on 30th/31st of July 2013. I never mentioned anything about this Tribunal hearing to the MOD, and I am very concerned at how they came about this information.

This revelation is another cause for concern to me as I am wondering what other information the MOD has about me which might be damaging, and how it is being wrongly used. My MP contacted Mr Mark Francois Minister of State for Defence Personnel Welfare and Veterans to have this matter resolved once and for all. Mr Francois has instead informed my MP in a letter dated 30 July 2013 that this is not a matter the MOD can assist me with despite the Army eventually taking out positive action against their caterer’s manager; who was linked to my complaints to them.

The information I have requested for has already been revealed by one of the Army’s caterer’s manager to different companies I have tried seeking employment with; since being wrongfully pushed out of my employment with them. This individual has clearly stated that he was going to do it; knowing how harmful it was going to be to my future job prospects. The leakage of this information has caused further problems in a different employment in which a manager told me in February 2012 that he was well aware of the unfair treatment meted out to me during my time under the Army’s command. He has since gone on to re-enact the same problem, and I have ended up losing that employment too.

Mr Mark Francois – instead of setting the right example – is continuing with this very wrongful trend. Mr Francois’s party prides itself – at least it claims to – on helping hard working people. According to the contents of Mr Francois’s 30 July 2013 letter to my MP, I saw no evidence of this; neither did I see any objectivity or the ability to relate to people and their sufferings. I have not ruled out the possibility that Mr Francois's casual approach to my complaints and numerous requests is simply because of my race.

I shall be writing to Mr Francois’s party about this situation in the New Year. I am again requesting for the British Army or the MOD to release the information I requested for immediately. Mr Francois appears to have forgotten that he is a public servant, and has to practice equal opportunities while carrying out his duty in public, or serving a member of the public.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya

Dear LF-Sec-&Group (MULTIUSER),

I sent the following letters to Mr Mark Francois:

11th February 2014.

Your Ref: JA/OYES01001/01130211

The Rt Hon Mark Francois, MP
Minister of State for Defence Personnel Welfare and Veterans,
Ministry of Defence,
Floor 5 Zone B,
Main Building,
Whitehall,
London,
SW1A 2HB.

Dear Mr Francois,

I am writing further to your letter dated 30 July 2013 to my MP, Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, regarding the matter he took up on my behalf which I know you are now well aware of.

I sent Mr Khan a letter dated 18th November 2013 – with some enclosures – which are all self-explanatory. Mr Khan has not got back to me yet. I am not sure if he has contacted you regarding the letter and enclosures.

Since I have not received a reply, I have chosen to forward on that letter and enclosures directly to you myself; hoping that you might understand my urgent need for the information I have requested.

As a democratically elected government minister, I am expecting you to treat this matter with the respect and the sensitivity required, and to be very objective in your handling of this matter.

Can you kindly look into it, and respond to me as soon as you can?

Sincerely,

Mr Yinka Oyesanya.

The contents of the letter I sent to Mr. Khan is as follows:

18th November 2013.
Your ref: JA/OYES01001/01130211

The Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, MP,
House of Commons,
London,
SW1A 0AA.

Dear Mr Khan,

Thank you for forwarding a letter to me dated 30 July 2013 from The Rt Hon Mark Francois.

I have studied the letter from Mr Francois, and I have to admit that I am very disappointed that such a reply can come from a government minister. A government minister’s position should be to make sure that the law and all regulations have been complied with. The tone of this letter does not suggest this in the slightest.

Mr Francois has seen the name Yinka Oyesanya, and has chosen to make up his mind on the back of that.Mr Francois appears to me to have forgotten that I and the members of the Army and MOD are entitled to one vote in a General Election. In that respect alone, a government minister’s position should be an objective one; looking at what the MOD had done and making sure that all the rules and regulations had been properly followed before they approach him with details that led to his 30 July 2013 reply to you.

The first paragraph of Mr Francois’s letter referred to ‘historic complaints’. I am not sure if Mr Francois combed through all these complaints to make sure that the Army’s Equality and Diversity Directive was complied with throughout by all concerned in both the Army and the MOD.

When I made my original and subsequent complaints to the British Army while I worked on their premises, I did it as a civilian under the Army’s command; and in accordance with the Army’s Equality and Diversity Directive Guidelines.Mr Francois’s suggestion that I contact The Army's caterers for the outcome of a complaint I never made to them is clearly wide of the mark. The purpose of my contact with the Army was for objective reasons, and to inform them of the crass decision of a manager within that company to involve some members of the Army in his attempt to remove me from my employment on Army premises; namely Wellington Barracks.

Mr Francois’s letter has also stated that no further investigation was carried out by the MOD, and that the only investigation carried out has been presented to me. I think Mr Francois has not been presented with the truth. The Equality and Diversity Advisor of the Welsh Guards did not present me with any findings to the investigations he carried out.He instead typed out in front of me and another witness present, the letter dated 11th August 2007 to which Mr Francois’s letter was referring to. The Army’s continuous support of their caterer's and their refusal to treat me with any respect gave the strength to a manager in that company to make the claim that he did in number 30 of his witness statement he was going to present to an employment tribunals.

What he described he was going to do in number 30 on page 11 of his witness statement which I have attached to this email to you, has kept me out of regular employment since. The action of this person of the catering company is wilful, malicious and harmfully intended. No government minister should be supporting this.

Difficulties surrounding my employment since, and being unable to keep the employment without being a victim of blackmail to leave, and all other underhand methods deployed by unscrupulous people that this information had been fed to, should be a good reason why Mr Francois must change his position from the contents of his 30 July 2013 letter.

The British Army did their duty to me as a civilian working on their premises between 2007 and 2009 when all the problems I brought to them was going on. The Equality and Diversity advisor to the Welsh Guards was maintaining the Army’s high standards expected of the Army when he was asked to investigate my original claim. Typing his findings in front of me on 11 August 2007 has not represented those expected standards.

Another Army personnel's refusal to follow up on the details of a letter dated 1st August 2008 from the CAB means he has also fell way short of what is expected by the Army’s Equality and Diversity Directive. I am sure as a government minister; Mr Francois would have expected those standards to have been followed.

If Mr Francois does not think that I am worthy of any assistance from him, is there anyone else within the MOD you can kindly approach on this matter? Stopping someone from earning a living is a worse crime than any individual’s personal prejudice. The Army have not followed through on any of the requests from them I had highlighted in my 28th June 2013 letter.

I look forward to hearing favourably from you on this matter.

Sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya.

Please, note the dates I have sent these letters, and the lack of response from all parties to date.

I am still waiting for a positive reply.

Yours sincerely,

Yinka Oyesanya