Mohammed Dewji: Kidnapped billionaire returns home safely

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Abducted billionaire Mohammed Dewji returns home safely Saturday October 20 2018 Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji

Africa's youngest billionaire, snatched a week ago off the street outside a luxury hotel in Tanzania, has returned home unharmed after being released by his kidnappers, police said on Saturday.

Mr Dewji was abducted by gunmen at the Colosseum Hotel early on 11 October, as he arrived for a morning workout.

"I thank Allah that I have returned home safely", said a statement released by the 43-year-old, Indian-origin Mohammed Dewji's foundation. In a Twitter post, it quoted Dewji thanking "the authorities of Tanzania, including the police force for working for my safe return". I thank all my fellow Tanzanians, and everyone around the world for their prayers.

Dewji's family would later offer a reward of a billion Tanzanian shillings (Sh44.1 million) for information leading to his rescue amidst a flurry of arrests.

Speaking at a news conference, Inspector-General of Police, Simon Sirro, said Mr Dewji had told them the suspects spoke in English and "broken Swahili" and that a vehicle they had travelled on had foreign plates.

His uncle, Azim Dewji told Mwanachi in a video that "his abductors abandoned him and he was able to phone his father", adding that his nephew was in good health.

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Police chief Lazaro Mambosasa told journalists that the assailants had "shot into the air" before bustling Dewji into their auto.

"He told us that they treated him very well and gave him food", he said.

Lazaro Mambosasa, Dar es Salaam's police commander said, 'He was tied legs, hands and face, therefore, he could not see.

Dewji owns the MeTL Group, which operates in 35 industries across several African countries.

He was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States. His net worth is believed to be around $1.5 billion, according to Forbes and is the 17th richest man in Africa, according to Reuters.

Mr Dewji served two terms in the Parliament before he resigned in 2015 to dedicate more time to the family business.

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