The Richest man in Africa and Nigerian billionaire, Aliko Dangote has dispelled reports of being held hostage in Mali on Friday.
There were reports in the international media that the business mogul was one of the 170 people held hostage in the plush Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali by gunmen.
But in a tweet on his official Twitter handle, Mr. Dangote tweeted: "Rumour about me being held hostage is false. I was in Mali yesterday.Thank you for your concern. My prayers with those involved."
According to a report by Al Jazeera, the gunmen attacked Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, today, Friday, November 20 and about 170 are being held hostage. The gunmen who shouted “Allahu Akbar” opened fire outside the hotel before storming it.
Meanwhile, Malian Special Forces have since entered the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, to end a siege by gunmen who had been holding 170 people hostage.
READ ALSO: 170 Taken Hostage In Hotel Bamako By GunmenThe gunmen stormed the US-owned hotel, which is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews, shooting and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.Malian state TV is reporting that 80 people have now been freed.At least three people are reported to have been killed in the siege that started around 07:00 GMT.Air France says 12 of its crew have been successfully freed in the rescue operation.Six staff from Turkish Airlines were at the hotel when it was attacked.