Kidnapped young Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji has been released, 10 days after he was seized by armed men in the city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
“I have returned home safely,” he said in a tweet from his company METL Group’s account.
“I thank Allah that I have returned home safely. I thank all my fellow Tanzanians, and everyone around the world for their prayers. I thank the authorities of Tanzania, including the Police Force for working for my safe return.”
— Mohammed Dewji
(3:15AM, Dar es Salaam)
— MeTL Group (@MeTL_Group) October 20, 2018
The businessman thanked Tanzania’s police “and everyone around the world for their prayers”.
It is not clear how Mr Dewji, 43, was freed or whether a ransom was paid.
Mr Dewji was abducted by gunmen at the Colosseum Hotel early on 11 October, as he arrived for a morning workout.
His family had offered a 1bn Tanzania shilling ($440,000; £330,000) reward for information leading to his rescue.
Tanzania’s environment minister January Makamba, a close friend of the industrialist, tweeted on Saturday morning that he had spoken to Mr Dewji and his father.
He said the kidnappers had abandoned Mr Dewji at a field near the Gymkhana club in Dar es Salam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
Mohammed Dewji @moodewji is now back home safely. I have just spoken to him and his father 20 minutes ago. In his voice, he’s the usual Mo. So he is okay. Thank you all for your prayers. God is really great. Going to see him now.
— January Makamba (@JMakamba) October 20, 2018
The billionaire is reported to be in good health, but with bruises on his hands and legs due to handcuffing.