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Tanzania: Abducted tycoon Mohammed Dewji returns home

Mohammed Dewji was released overnight more than a week after he was kidnapped Mohammed Dewji was released overnight more than a week after he was kidnapped Khalfan Said Hassan AFP Getty Images
Kenny Thornton | 21 October, 2018, 18:00

Mohammed Dewji, the CEO of the METL Group and Africa's youngest billionaire, has returned home safely, the family company he runs has announced. "I thank the authorities of Tanzania, including the Police Force for working for my safe return", he was quoted as saying in a tweeted message from his foundation's account. The businessman thanked Tanzanian police "and everyone around the world for their prayers".

Gullam Dewji, Mr Dewji's father, told...

Indian-origin Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was captured by gunmen outside a gym here nine days ago, is back home safe after his kidnappers freed him, the police said.

Police reports indicate that he was found dumped at the Gymkhana grounds in Dar es Salaam.

Sirro said Saturday that an AK-47 rifle and three pistols were found in a auto that was used by three kidnappers, two of whom spoke English and the other Swahili.

Distancing his countryfolk from the kidnaping, Mombassa said: "After interrogating him, we can reveal that those who kidnaped Mo Dewji were speaking a language from South Africa".

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January Makamba, Tanzania's environment minister and a close friend of Dewji, said he had spoken with the billionaire.

Mambosasa said Dewji could not see the abductors because he was tied by his legs and hands while his face was covered.

Mr Dewji's disappearance made worldwide headlines, with his family offering a reward of one billion Tanzanian shillings ($440,000) for information leading to his rescue.

Mr Dewji had previously served two terms in Tanzania's parliament from 2005 to 2015 and is also the main shareholder of Tanzania's Simba FC football club.

In 2016 Forbes magazine put Dewji's wealth at $1.5 billion (£1,147,492,500), making him Africa's youngest billionaire.

METL Group is involved in a diverse range of manufacturing, farming, transport, infrastructure, agroprocessing and telecoms businesses spanning 11 African countries.

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