Tanzanian entrepreneur Mohammed Dewji was released early Saturday after being abducted this month in Dar es Salaam

The kidnapped billionaire of Tanzania, Mohammed Dewji, has been released and is well and well at home.

In a message on his Twitter, the youngest billionaire in Africa confirmed the news to his followers after he was kidnapped by "white gunmen" & # 39; nine days ago in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, who has an estimated wealth of $ 1,500 million (£ 980 million), was kidnapped on his way to the gym in front of a luxury hotel in the city on October 11.

& # 39; I thank Allah for having returned home safely. "I thank all my Tanzanian compatriots and everyone in the world for their prayers," he said in the tweeted message.

Tanzanian entrepreneur Mohammed Dewji was released early Saturday after being abducted this month in Dar es Salaam

Tanzanian entrepreneur Mohammed Dewji was released early Saturday after being abducted this month in Dar es Salaam

"I thank the Tanzanian authorities, including the Police Force for working for my safe return."

His father Gullam Dewji confirmed the release of his son in comments to the Tanzanian daily Mwanachi. His uncle, Azim Dewji, said the kidnappers had freed him early Saturday in Dar es Salaam, the economic capital of Tanzania.

The family had offered a reward of half a million dollars (£ 382,497) for information that would help the police find it.

Tanzanian police officers inspect a vehicle with the registration number & # 39; MO 1 & # 39; that belongs to Mohammed Dewji

Tanzanian police officers inspect a vehicle with the registration number & # 39; MO 1 & # 39; that belongs to Mohammed Dewji

Tanzanian police officers inspect a vehicle with the registration number & # 39; MO 1 & # 39; that belongs to Mohammed Dewji

A vehicle with registration number & # 39; MO 1 & # 39; that belongs to Mohammed Dewji.

A vehicle with registration number & # 39; MO 1 & # 39; that belongs to Mohammed Dewji.

A vehicle with registration number & # 39; MO 1 & # 39; that belongs to Mohammed Dewji.

Tanzanian police said on Friday they had identified the driver of a vehicle used in the kidnapping and were advancing their investigation.

The police chief of Dar es Salaam, Lázaro Mambosasa, told reporters that the assailants had "fired into the air" before putting Dewji in his car.

Mohammed Dewji heads the MeTL Group, which operates in some 10 countries with interests in agriculture for insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry.

He was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States. He also served as a member of parliament from 2005 to 2015.

In a message on his Twitter, the youngest billionaire in Africa confirmed the news to fans.

In a message on his Twitter, the youngest billionaire in Africa confirmed the news to fans.

In a message on his Twitter, the youngest billionaire in Africa confirmed the news to fans.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, on the cover of the July 2013 issue of Forbes magazine.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, on the cover of the July 2013 issue of Forbes magazine.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, on the cover of the July 2013 issue of Forbes magazine.

In 2013, he became the first Tanzanian from Tanzania to adorn the cover of Forbes magazine and was named Person of the Year in Africa Forbes in 2015.

Dewji is also the main shareholder of the soccer club Simba FC of Tanzania.

According to Forbes, it ranks 17th on the list of billionaires in Africa, and has a value of $ 1.5 billion (£ 1.14 billion).

Dewji is married and has three children. In 2016, he signed a commitment to donate at least half of his fortune to philanthropic causes, according to Forbes.

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