Reward Offered in 'Shocking' Abduction of African Billionaire

Mohammed Dewji's whereabouts still unknown
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2018 4:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – Days after Africa's youngest billionaire was kidnapped, Mohammed Dewji's family is offering a $440,000 reward for information leading to his rescue. Dewji, said to be Tanzania's only billionaire, was taken by masked gunmen on his way into a gym in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam Thursday morning. More than 20 people have been arrested in connection with the abduction, but police still have not uncovered a motive for the crime or Dewji's whereabouts, the BBC reports. The married father of three is said to have "huge celebrity status" in Tanzania.

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"We want to assure anyone with the information about the whereabouts of our son to come forward and we will treat their information as secret," a family spokesperson said at a press conference announcing the reward. Dewji, whose company has interests in textile manufacturing, flour milling, beverages, and edible oils, promised in 2016 he would donate at least half of his $1.5 billion fortune to charity, the Guardian reports. The 43-year-old also served in Tanzania's parliament for 10 years and owns a majority stake in the Simba Sports Club football team in the Tanzanian Premier League. (Dewji was said to have an "incredibly relaxed" approach to security.)

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