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Abducted Tanzania billionaire Mohammed Dewji found safe: Police

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian police said Saturday that kidnapped young billionaire Mohammed Dewji was found safe earlier in the day.

"The young business tycoon was found abandoned at the Gymkana Club in Dar es Salaam city at around 2:30 a.m.(2330 GMT Friday)," said Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone Commander.

The vehicle used during the abduction was also found abandoned nearby along Ocean Road, the police chief said.

Azim Dewji, spokesman for the family, also confirmed the young businessman was abandoned at the golf course at around 2:30 a.m. before he called his father using a mobile phone.

The spokesman said the family was pleased that the business tycoon was back and looked healthy.

He said they appreciated President John Magufuli’s help during the search.

"Mohamed Dewji is 100 percent fit. He looks fine, only that he may be troubled psychologically because of the harrowing experience," said the spokesman.

The businessman who is said to be the youngest billionaire in Africa was kidnapped on Oct.11 by gunmen in Dar es Salaam’s Oysterbay area where he had gone for his usual morning workout.

On Friday, Tanzania’s Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro said police have identified a vehicle used to abduct the billionaire.

Sirro said the vehicle came from a neighbouring country, but did not specify further.

The official also displayed a photo showing the dark blue and silver lined vehicle.

"The vehicle entered into Tanzania on Sept. 1, 2018," said the police chief.

Sirro did not indicate which border point the vehicle entered through but he said it was driven by a person he identified as Obasanjo Zacharias Junior.

Sirro said according to CCTV footage, the AGX 404 MC-plate numbered vehicle used the Haile Selassie, Ally Hassan Mwinyi, Kimeri, Maandazi and Mwai Kibaki roads before disappearing near the Kawe roundabout.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Tanzanian police identify vehicle used to kidnap young billionaire

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s chief of police said on Friday police have identified a vehicle used to abduct east Africa’s youngest billionaire nine days ago.

Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro said the vehicle came from a neighbouring country which he, however, did not name at a news conference in the business capital, Dar es Salaam.

Mohammed Dewji, the country’s 43-year-old business tycoon, was kidnapped around 5:35 a.m. on Thursday last week when he was about to enter a hotel gym for his routine workout in the leafy Oysterbay area in Dar es Salaam.

Sirro displayed a photo showing the dark blue and silver lining vehicle.

"The vehicle entered into Tanzania on Sept. 1, 2018," said the police chief.

Sirro did not indicate which boarder point the vehicle entered through but he said it was driven by a person he identified as Obasanjo Zacharias Junior.

According to CCTV footage, Sirro said, the AGX 404 MC-plate numbered vehicle used the Haile Selassie, Ally Hassan Mwinyi, Kimeri, Maandazi and Mwai Kibaki roads before disappearing to Mlalakuwa neighborhoods near the Kawe roundabout.

Sirro said most residences in the area where the business tycoon was kidnapped in Oysterbay have installed CCTV cameras, enabling the police to acquire the footage, leading to the identity of the vehicle.

"We are in touch with our Interpol colleagues in neighboring countries and beyond as investigations are ongoing," said the police chief.

Soft-spoken Dewji is the chief executive and leading shareholder of the MeTL Group, a family-owned Tanzanian conglomerate with operations in manufacturing, agriculture, haulage, trading and real estate.

It is one of the largest industrial conglomerates in east Africa, with annual revenues hitting about 1.5 billion U.S. dollars and employing more than 20,000 people.
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SEE ALSO:

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