Friday 11 September 2015

Diplomatic Passport misuse: Saudi Arabia Detains Former Nigerian Senator With Diplomatic Passport Over False Claim

Alh. Hassan Barata in the middle
The Nation newspaper reports that the senator who travelled to Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago might have overstayed the during of his visa.
However when he was arrested and questioned by Saudi authorities he allegedly claimed to be an employee of the Nigeria Embassy as he was using an official passport.
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 untrue.

Barata represented Adamawa South in the sixth Senate, having been elected in 2011 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last February but lost his bid to pick the governorship ticket.
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.
Via: The Nation

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