Senator Hassan Barata of Adamawa South and a former chairperson of Senate committee on culture and tourism, has been detained in Saudi Arabia. Reports has it that during the interrogation Brata claim to be an employee of the Nigerian Embassy. However, the police found out that his claim was false.
The senator, who traveled to the United Kingdom a few weeks ago, may have overstayed when he was picked up.
Senator Barata represented Adamawa South in the sixth Senate, having been elected in 2011 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was reportedly holding an official passport on the trip.
Last February he defected to the All Progressives Congress but returned to the PDP after losing his bid to pick the governorship ticket.
Earlier this week, the Nigerian Immigration Service instructed former public office holders to immediately submit official and diplomatic passports issued to them while they were in office.
The federal government’s decision was intended to protect and promote Nigeria’s integrity in the comity of nations in addition to ensuring law and order.