Updated: March 5, 2021
Kidnapped Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji has been released, 10 days after he was abducted by gunmen in the city of Dar Es Salaam, multiple news outlets reported on Saturday. Forbes magazine says Mohammed Dewji is worth $1.5 billion, making him Africa’s youngest billionaire.
He was abducted by gunmen at the Colosseum Hotel on 11 October, as he arrived for a morning workout. His family had offered a 1bn Tanzania shilling ($440,000; £330,000) reward for information leading to his rescue.
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“I have returned home safely,” he tweeted, using his company METL Group’s account. He thanked the Tanzania’s police force “and everyone around the world for their prayers”.
There were few details about how he was freed and whether a ransom was paid.
“I thank Allah that I have returned home safely. I thank all my fellow Tanzanians, and everyone around the world for their prayers. I thank the authorities of Tanzania, including the Police Force for working for my safe return.”