Late Fahim Saleh

CEO of Gokada, Fahim Saleh murdered in his apartment

Fahim Saleh, 33, the CEO of Nigeria-based motorbike-hailing company, Gokada was found murdered and dismembered in his apartment in New York on Tuesday afternoon.

According to reports, his dismembered body parts were arranged and packed in plastic bags in the apartment and an electric power saw was found near his torso.

Police visited the scene shortly around 3:30 p.m., after his cousin requested a welfare check at his (Saleh’s) E. Houston Street building and called police.

The victim was last seen on surveillance footage Monday afternoon around 1:40 p.m., when he entered his building’s elevator, which opens right out to his seventh-floor apartment, sources said.

The footage showed the suspected killer carrying a bag, waiting to enter the elevator with the victim.
The victim gives the suspect a puzzled look during an exchange as they ride up together. As soon as the victim steps out into his apartment, the suspect can be seen attacking him, according to police sources.

Saleh was a Bangladeshi-American who founded and invested in several transportation-related start-ups, according to his LinkedIn page.

One of his inventions is Pathao, a ride-hailing company in his parents’ home country of Bangladesh which he co-founded in 2015.

In December 2017, he co-founded Gokada, an on-demand, motorbike-hailing company in Lagos, Nigeria, and took over as its CEO in April of last year (2019). He recently transited the company’s services to delivery service during the coronavirus pandemic.

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