Senator Hassan Barata has been taken into custody by Saudi Arabian authorities over revoked diplomatic passport.
The former Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism was carrying an official passport already revoked by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) on the orders of the Federal Government.
It was gathered that the NIS had earlier in the week communicated the revocation of official and diplomatic passports of certain persons to the international community through their embassies in Nigeria.
Barata, during questioning had claimed to be an employee of the Nigerian Embassy – a claim that was allegedly found to be untrue.
The Senator allegedly travelled a few weeks ago and refused to leave after his time elapsed.
TheStreetReporters.com recalls that 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 ticket.
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