Tanzanian billionaire abducted by unidentified men

Hunt on as Tanzanian billionaire Mohamed Dewji abducted in Dar

Makonda said police have tightened security at all border points and airports to ensure that the two white men who were seen on surveillance video did not leave the East African nation.

He said police were hunting for suspects and had already made arrests.

Mr Dewji, popularly known as Mo, was abducted as he walked into the exclusive Colosseum Hotel and Fitness Club, in Oyster Bay, an affluent neighbourhood in northwest Dar es Salaam.

The armed men were foreigners, the Swahili Times reported on Twitter, citing Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa.

"There were two white people involved, we are yet to establish the motives behind abduction", Mr Mambosasa said, adding that investigations are underway.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, who is said to have a fortune of $1.5bn (£1.1bn) and is the president of MeTL Group, which operates in about 10 countries across sectors ranging from agriculture to transport and food, was abducted as he entered a hotel gym.

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Mr Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in the United States.

Unlike Mr Lissu, Mr Dewji, who served as a ruling party MP until 2015, has been careful to demonstrate his loyalty to Tanzania's increasingly authoritarian leader on numerous occasions.

He is also a shareholder in the famous Simba Club in Dar es Salaam.

Eye witnesses said four unidentified people arrived before the businessman and parked at the hotel. Another vehicle remained outside.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda cautioned the public against speculation.

Forbes business magazine puts Dewji's wealth at $1.5 billion (€1.3 billion) and describes him as Africa's youngest billionaire.

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