Africa’s youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji, snatched a week ago off the street outside a luxury hotel in Tanzania, has returned back home safely, the family company that he runs said on Saturday, Reuters news agency reports.
Dewji, was abducted by gunmen outside a luxury hotel in Tanzania’s economic capital Dar es Salaam last week.
As one of Tanzania’s most prominent businessmen, Dewji’s abduction caused major consternation in the east African country.
However, he announced early Saturday on the METL Group Twitter feed that he had “returned home safely.”
“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.”
— Mohammed Dewji
(3:15AM, Dar es Salaam)
— MeTL Group (@MeTL_Group) October 20, 2018
January Makamba, the country’s minister of environment and Dewji’s former colleague in parliament, also tweeted on Saturday morning that he had spoken with him and that he was safe.
Dewji was freed after kidnappers dumped him in a field in the early hours of Saturday, according to Makamba. He reportedly only sustained bruises on his hands and feet from being tied up by his abductors.
Mohammed Dewji @moodewji is now back home safely. I have just spoken to him and his father 20 minutes ago. In his voice, he’s the usual Mo. So he is okay. Thank you all for your prayers. God is really great. Going to see him now.
— January Makamba (@JMakamba) October 20, 2018
The seizure of Dewji, who has also served as member of parliament in the past, had caused consternation in the East African nation as he is one of its most prominent business executives.
Dewji’s family had offered a reward of 1 billion Tanzania shillings ($440,000, €381,600) for any information leading to his release.