The founder of Nigeria’s Gokada ride-hailing app was found decapitated and dismembered in a luxury New York apartment with a power saw plugged in nearby on late Tuesday.
The police in a statement confirmed the death of Fahim Saleh and deemed it a homicide. Detectives found Saleh’s torso near a power saw and later discovered his head and limbs sorted into plastic bags.
Saleh’s sister discovered the body Tuesday afternoon, and the fact the saw was still connected led detectives to suspect her arrival may have startled the perpetrator to escape through another exit.
“We have a torso, a head that’s been removed, arms, and legs. Everything is still on the scene. We don’t have a motive,” Carlos Nieves, police spokesperson said.
Security camera video showed Saleh in the apartment building’s elevator with a man in a dark suit, mask and gloves.
Video showed the masked man following Saleh into the apartment, where a struggle began.
Who is Fahim Saleh?
33-year-old Fahim Saleh was born to in Saudi Arabia, to Bengali parents who frequently relocated for work, before settling in Rochester, New York. He taught himself to program at a young age, and created a variety of online projects such as a website for his family, a teenage social platform and a prank dial service.
He created his first company while still in high school. He went on to co-found the ride company Pathao, which was popular in Bangladesh and Nepal, in 2015.
He later founded the Gokada motorbike hailing app. It was popular in the Nigerian megacity of Lagos until authorities banned all motorcycle taxis.
Gokada received funding from U.S and Gulf investment and venture capital and had one of the largest fleets of motorcycle hailing taxis in Nigeria until fell foul of regulators in Lagos.