Mohammed Dewji: Africa’s youngest billionaire abducted in Tanzania

October 11, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Mohammed Dewji: Africa’s youngest billionaire abducted in Tanzania: Brainwave ScienceSITUATION

Africa’s youngest billionaire and former member of parliament have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from Colosseum hotel in Dar es Salaam on Thursday morning.

According to Regional Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa, 43-year-old Mohammed Dewji was seized outside a hotel gym where he goes for his routine morning workout during the early hours. According to an Uber driver who witnessed the kidnapping, the masked gunmen fired shots to terrify people before whisking away the victim to a waiting car. “I was about to drop my passenger at the hotel when suddenly I saw four masked individuals standing close to the hotel. They fired one bullet in the air [and] all the hotel security guards ran away,” he said.

Mohammed Dewji, the owner and president of the multi-billion-dollar corporation, Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Ltd (METL Group), which operates in about 10 countries across sectors ranging from Agriculture to transport, energy to financial services and real estate to food. According to Forbes magazine, he has a net worth of $1.5 billion and described him as Tanzania’s only billionaire. Dewji signed a pledge to donate half of his fortune for philanthropic causes.

Law enforcement personnel around Tanzania have been put on high alert in the massive hunt for the abductors. Dar es Salaam police chief, Lazaro Mambosasa, said that a search was under way for the kidnappers and Mr. Dewji, and police officers across Tanzania were on high alert. Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident and are being questioned, and two of the abductors are thought to have been white, Mr. Mambosasa also said, according to local media.

The regional governor, Paul Makonda, informed the media such kidnapping is rare, and an investigation is ongoing to find the kidnappers and determine the motive. He said police are looking for suspects and had already made certain arrests.


Tanzania has experienced violent attacks and abductions of opposition politicians and government personnel, but this kidnapping is a one-of-a-kind. Mohammed Dewji’s kidnapping has appeared as an enormous shock for the country. Dar es Salaam special zone commander Lazaro Mambosasa said police have tightened security at all border points and airports to ensure that abductors don’t sneak out of the country. He addressed the public to report any relevant information related the kidnapping and the eyewitness, including the Uber driver and hotel guard, were being questioned to gain lead about this case.

A primary challenge for law enforcement is the lack of accurate intelligence and evidence to identify and arrest the abductors and locate Dewji safely. Law Enforcement agencies are under relentless pressure from the government to produce positive results and it becomes more essential when the target of criminals is renown businessman.  When vital evidence/intelligence is missing, no connection between the kidnapper and victim can be related, the current investigative tools fail to provide an impeccably accurate and swift intelligence and leads.


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One of the main advantages of using iCognative lies in its unparalleled ability to distinguish between kidnappers from innocents and obtain vital intelligence and fruitful leads to reach the perpetrators and ensure safe return of the victim. iCognative can enable Tanzania Police Force gain valuable and accurate intelligence, missing links and connections, accurate information from verified testimonies and other vital information within an hour. Details related to crime and revealed during investigation such as: time and location of kidnapping; victim’s clothing at the time of kidnapping; car or vehicle used; weapons that were in hands of kidnappers; business rivalry; name of the hotel and the picture of gym where victim was last seen, etc., along with details that are case-confidential and not released to public called Stimuli are uploaded to conduct a iCognative test. As informed by Police Commander Lazaro Mambosasa, there are some suspects, those suspects along with all witnesses can be subjected to this test and further intelligence would help them move in the right direction and also lead to right source of information regarding this case

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