The founder of motorcycle-hailing company ‘GoKada’ and co-founder of ride-sharing venture Pathao, Fahim Saleh has been found dead in his New York apartment.
The police said his dismembered body was found at about 3:30pm on Tuesday, July 14 in his home.
His limbs and head were cut off with an electric saw which was found lying next to his torso.
The 33-year-old entrepreneur bought the apartment on E Houston St at Suffolk St for $2.25 million last year.
Fahim started Gokada in Lagos, but the company faced setbacks and mass layoffs after Lagos banned commercial motorcycles (Okada) from operating, in January 2020.
His sister called the police after she had not seen him in 24 hours. The police went to his apartment on the 7th floor of the building to find that he had been gruesomely murdered.
Fahim was last seen on surveillance footage on Monday afternoon around 1:40pm, when he entered his building’s elevator which opens right out to his seventh-floor apartment. The surveillance footage showed Fahim getting into the elevator, followed quickly by a second man dressed in a suit, wearing gloves, a hat and a mask over his face.
After he walked out onto his floor, he fell immediately possibly shot or stunned. A police source said;
“The perp had a suitcase. He was very professional.”
Pathao Co-founder Hussain Elius has reacted to the shocking incident, saying;
“We are shocked and saddened to hear the reports of the death of Fahim Saleh, one of the founding members of the Pathao team.
“Fahim believed in the potential for technology to transform lives in Bangladesh and beyond. He saw the promise in us, when all we had was a common purpose and a shared vision. He was, and will forever remain, an incredible inspiration for Pathao and our entire ecosystem.”