DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Africa’s youngest billionaire, removed a week ago outside a luxury hotel in Tanzania, has returned home safely, the family conglomerate he drove said on Twitter on Saturday.
The billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, 43, Managing Director of METL Group, was admitted when he arrived at a morning exercise in the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam last week.
“I’ve returned home for sure,” says METL Group Twitter account posted. The company also cited him as a thank-you for those who worked for his release, including the police.
The item did not provide information on how he was released or if a payment amount had been paid. Forbes estimates his net worth as $ 1.5 billion, making him Africa’s 17th richest man and the youngest billionaire.
Mr. Dewji’s family had offered a reward of 1 billion Tanzania shillings ($ 440,000) for information that led to his release.
The country’s environmental minister said the kidnappers had freed Dewji by dumping him on a field in the early hours of Saturday
Dar es Salaam regional policy chief Lazaro Mambosasa confirmed the release and said the authorities investigated, said the Associated Press.
“We were informed that the abductors used the same car used to seize him at the Colosseum Hotel and dumped him,” said Chief Mambosasa, according to AP: “We found him physically fit and we suspect that the abductions are South Africans because he said that they communicated in one of the folks of that country. “
The kidnapping of Mr. Dewji, formerly a member of parliament, caused fraud in the East African nation, as he is one of his most prominent business leaders.
Mr. Dewji had been kidnapped by two masked armed men when he arrived at the hotel for a workout, police said Thursday. The men shot into the air before they drove away, Chief Mambosasa said.
He told the local news agency Mwananchi that the police had 12 suspects in detention , including the hotel’s security chief, AP said.
Minister for the Environment and Mr Dewji’s former colleague in parliament, January Maka mba, tweeted on saturday morning as he had spoken to him and that he was sure.
Mr. Makamba said that Mr Dewji had bruises on his hands and feet from being bound by his kidnappers.
The authorities had tightened security at all intersections and airports to ensure that the two men watched video surveillance were not smuggled.
METL Group is involved in a wide range of manufacturing, agricultural, transport, infrastructure, agroprocessing and telecom companies spanning 11 African countries.