Gunmen Kidnap Africa’s Youngest Billionaire
Some unknown men armed with guns have kidnapped an African billionaire from a luxury hotel in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania on Thursday, October 11, the police said.
“Mohammed Dewji, 43, was taken by the men who waylaid him as he left the hotel gym after his early morning workout at around 6.30 am local time,” police said.
“The abductors, who are believed to be foreign nationals, accessed the gym through gates that are believed to have been left open deliberately,” Dar es Salaam regional police commissioner Lazaro Mambosaso told newsmen.
“They drove into the hotel and opened fire before bundling Dewji into a car and speeding off,” he said, adding that “they came in a car to the hotel and started shooting in the air before they took him away. We are questioning the staff who were on duty at the time.”
According to BBC, while the motive for the abduction is still unclear, three people have been arrested in connection with the incident and two of the abductors were believed to be foreign nationals.
Financial magazine Forbes puts his wealth at $1.5bn (£980m), and has described him as Tanzania’s only billionaire.
Mohammed Dewji: Who kidnapped the richest man in #Tanzania? Dewji is worth $1.3 billion, according to Forbes, making him Africa’s youngest billionaire at 43 years old. The business tycoon did not hire any personal bodyguards to protect him & often mingled with the public pic.twitter.com/2etlLjKc2C
— Fareed (@Fumbuka) October 11, 2018
In a 2017 report, it said Mr Dewji was Africa’s youngest billionaire.
Mr Dewji is also a major sponsor of one of Tanzania’s biggest football teams, Simba.