According to the New York Times, the co-founder and CEO of Gokada Fahim Saleh was found decapitated and dismembered in his luxury apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
“A man’s decapitated, dismembered body was found in an apartment in a luxury condominium building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
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.
On Wednesday morning the police identified the man as the cofounder and Ceo of Gokada Fahim Saleh, a 33-year-old technology entrepreneur and the owner of the condo where the body was found.
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 — and has not specified how Mr. Salaeh was killed — but detectives had been investigating the case as a homicide, and on Wednesday morning they officially classified it as such.
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 report said.
According to Nairametrics, the cofounder and Ceo of Gokada Fahim Saleh was born in Saudi Arabia to Bangladeshi parents before settling in New York with his family and started coding as a teenager. He founded the bike hailing company Gokada, which began operations in Lagos 2 years ago before the Lagos government placed restrictions on commercial okada riders.
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