Fahim Saleh, Founder of Nigerian bike hailing app Gokada found dead in Luxury Manhattan Condo
The decapitated, dismembered body of Tech entrepreneur, Fahim Saleh was found at his apartment in New York on Tuesday.
Fahim was, found dead and dismembered in his $2 million Lower East Side apartment in New York, where he moved late last year, around 3:30pm (New York time) on Tuesday, reports The New York Post.
When detectives began investigating, they found the man’s torso and an electric saw nearby, two law enforcement officials briefed on the matter said. The man’s head and limbs were later found in the apartment, a Police Department spokesman said.
There were several large plastic bags in the apartment, and it appeared that some effort had been made to clean up any evidence of what had happened, one law enforcement officials briefed on the matter said.
Mr. 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, the officials said. 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 Mr. 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.
The medical examiner has not officially determined the cause of death, but police were investigating the incident as a homicide, the officials said.
One of the law enforcement officials said a surveillance camera had captured video of Mr. Saleh in the building’s elevator with another person who was wearing a black suit and black mask.
On the video, the elevator door opens and Mr. Saleh goes into the apartment, the official said. The masked person follows directly behind him, and the two immediately start to struggle, the official said.
The sister is seen on the video arriving a short time later. There is a second way out of the apartment through a service entrance, the official said.
Tech entrepreneur Fahim Saleh, co-founder of Pathao, was born in Saudi Arabia and moved around with his family quite a bit, before settling in Rochester of New York.
Later, he shifted to Poughkeepsie of New York, according to a 2016 blog profile.
The 33-year-old, son of Bangladeshi immigrants, learned to code and began to develop apps as a teenager, his friends said.
After graduating in computer science and engineering (CSE) from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, he had early success with PrankDial — an app he invented for making prank telephone calls.
He also taught himself how to program and started KickBack Apps, garnering over twenty-million downloads.
Seeing an opportunity in his parent’s native country of Bangladesh, he went on to co-found the largest ride-sharing company in the country, Pathao, valued at over $100 million, with Hussain M Elius and Shifat Adnan in 2015.
Pathao started as a bike hailing service before pivoting into a logistics company. Fahim envisioned a venture in Bangladesh with the intention to help, rather than focus on profit maximization. Elius and Shifat had been working together to create tech solutions.
It was with his experience with Pathao in Bangladesh that Fahim went on to the bike hailing adventure in Lagos of Nigeria called Gokada in 2018.
Gokada, the former bike hailing company, was a success in the early stages. It pivoted into delivery services like Pathao following the government’s ban on passenger motorcycles.
The company raised $10.6 million in funding after four rounds and was on track to break even January 2020 before the government ban.
Following an attempt to appeal to the government about the ban, Fahim was criticized for the way he portrayed his bikers in a video, reports pulse.ng.
According to Fahim’s Linkedin profile, he had over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience and was also an active investor in emerging markets, investing first in Colombia’s largest motorcycle ride sharing company – Picap, recently valued at $15 million.