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1.5 tonnes of banned tobacco product 'niswar' seized from makeshift Abu Dhabi factory

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on September 7, 2020 | Last updated on September 7, 2020 at 06.59 am

Four men found at the makeshift factory have been arrested.

Authorities in Abu Dhabi have seized 1.5 tonnes of niswar, a banned tobacco product, from an unlicensed factory in the emirate.

Four men found at the factory have been arrested.

Raw material and equipment being used to make niswar have also been seized from a 'lab' in the makeshift factory. All items have been documented and will be destroyed.

The raid was carried out by Abu Dhabi Police in coordination with the Department of Municipalities and Transport, and the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer), police announced on Twitter.

The illegal business was allegedly being run by some Asians, who will now be referred to the public prosecution, the statement added.

Brigadier Mohammed Suhail Al Rashdi, Director of the Criminal Security Sector at Abu Dhabi Police, warned of the adverse impact of niswar, both on people and the society. He also urged people to report any suspected activities to the authorities.

"Community cooperation enhances combating crime in all its forms," said Al Rashidi.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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