Tanzanian Africa’s youngest billionaire Mo Dewji, who was kidnapped at gun point by four masked men on Thursday October 11 on his way to the Oysterbay hotel for a routine gym exercise has finally spoken.
According Al Jazeera, the 43-year-old businessman says his abductors spoke a Southern Africa language, confirming suspicions that they were foreigners.
“I thank Allah that I have returned home safe and sound,” Dewji told a press conference in Dar es Salaam.
He also thanked the “Tanzanian authorities, including the police, who worked for my return”.
“I thank all my fellow Tanzanians and everyone around the world for their prayers,” he added.
Simon Sirro, national police chief, said the businessman had provided some information about the kidnapping,
“Mohammed Dewji told us that the kidnappers wanted money but were very afraid, even though they were armed. He asked them several times how much they wanted but they gave no figure,” Sirro said.
“We now know their network, we know which country the plans were made,” he added.
Dewji’s personal net worth is $1.5 billion, according to the Africa billionaires list released by FORBES earlier this year. He is also Africa’s youngest billionaire.
Dewji’s office has said it will release a personal address by Dewji once he is settled.