A former Chairman Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Hassan Barata, is in detention in Saudi Arabia.
According to sources, when he was arrested and quizzed, he claimed
to be an employee of the Nigerian Embassy – a claim that was found to be
The senator, who is believed to have travelled to the Kingdom a few weeks ago, may have overstayed when he was picked up.
Barata represented Adamawa South in the sixth Senate, having been
elected in 2011 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last February but
returned to the PDP after losing his bid to pick the governorship
He was believed to be holding an official passport on the trip.
The Federal Government has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service
(NIS) to retrieve diplomatic and official passports from all persons who
are not entitled to hold such documents.
Friday, 11 September 2015
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