GoKada CEO, Fahim Saleh hacked to death in his New York apartment
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Co-founder and owner of Nigeria’s alternative bike hailing service ‘GoKada’, Fahim Saleh has been found hacked to death in his New York apartment in the United States. He was dismembered by an unknown man who used an electric saw, a police report said.
GoKada is an on-demand transportation company or motorbike hailing service headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria and is the first motorbike hailing app in the country.
Saleh’s ride-hailing motorcycle start-up, GoKada, began operating in 2018 and raised $5.3 million in venture capital in June 2019, website Techcrunch stated.
As in many large African cities, motorcycle taxis are common in Lagos because they can zip through traffic-clogged streets.
The dismembered body of the 33-year-old tech entrepreneur was found on Tuesday afternoon, inside his Manhattan condo, which he bought for $2.25 million in 2019, a New York Times report said.
New York Police spokesman, Sergent Carlos Nieves revealed that his torso, head, limbs, and an electric saw were found in separate places within the apartment, adding that efforts had been made to clean up evidence of what had happened as “there were several large plastic bags in the apartment”.
Saleh’s sister made the “gruesome discovery” at around 3:30 p.m. when she went to check on him after not hearing from him for a day. After finding the body, she called the police, officials said.
“The saw was still plugged into an electrical outlet when the police arrived, leading detectives to investigate whether the arrival of Saleh’s sister at the condo might have interrupted the killing and prompted the killer to flee through another exit”, one of the law enforcement officials said.
It was also discovered that a surveillance camera had captured a video of Saleh in the building’s elevator with another person who was wearing a black suit and black mask.
Friends of Saleh described him as an ambitious man who ran every morning, kept a busy schedule of meetings and often traveled to Nigeria on business. He collected tech gadgets and lived alone with a small dog, Laila, which was found alive in the apartment, they said.