Incident Report - Africa’s Youngest Billionaire Abducted

Africa’s Youngest Billionaire Abducted


Police are still searching for Mohammed Dewji, Africa’s youngest billionaire, who was abducted from the Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club in Dar es Salaam on 11th October around his routine morning workout.


Police have arrested 12 people, including 2 foreign nationals, in connection with the kidnapping and have reported that Dewji, who is worth an estimated USD 1.5 bn, did not have a security detail at the time of the incident. At least two of the suspected abductors were white men according to the BBC.

Although Tanzania has seen a wave attacks and abductions of opposition politicians and perceived government critics, this is the first time a businessman of Mr Dewji’s standing has been kidnapped in the country.

Businessmen have never felt at risk of being kidnapped and they often move around on their own. Some may have chauffeurs, but not bodyguards. So Mr Dewji’s abduction has come as a huge shock.



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