Africa's youngest billionaire free 9 days after abduction

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Africa's youngest billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, has been released unharmed by his kidnappers, 10 days after he was snatched outside a luxury hotel in Tanzania.

A statement by the 43-year-old Mohammed Dewji's foundation does not give details about the October 11 abduction or what led to his release.

"I have returned home safely", Mr Dewji said in a tweet from his company METL Group's account.

The businessman, known locally as Mo, thanked Tanzania's police "and everyone around the world for their prayers".

Following his disappearance his family offered a 1,000,000,000 Tanzanian shilling (£330,000) reward for information leading to his safe return.

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.

Mr Dewji, whose worth has been estimated at $1.5bn (£1.15bn), was found near a sports facility in Dar es Salaam in the early hours of Saturday morning.


Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa told Mwanachi that he had already spoken with Dewji, who had told him that his abductors spoke an African language.

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

Tanzania national police chief Simon Sirro told the press conference that Dewji had already provided some information about the kidnapping. The police are in pursuit of the men and hopeful they'll be arrested, he said, adding that Tanzania remains safe for investors.

"He told us that the kidnappers wanted money but were very afraid‚ even though they were armed".

"We now know their network, we know which country the plans were made", he reportedly said, without expanding futher. He served as a member of parliament from 2005 to 2015.

Mohammed Dewji is also the main shareholder in Tanzania's Simba FC football club.

According to Forbes, Mr Dewji signed the Giving Pledge in 2016, promising to donate at least half of his fortune to philanthropic causes.

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