Founder of ride-hailing app Gokada found ‘dismembered in New York apartment’


Saleh’s sister discovered the body on Tuesday afternoon at the luxury apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The fact the saw was still connected led detectives to suspect her arrival may have startled the perpetrator, who would have fled through another exit, the New York Times reported.

“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,” police spokesman Carlos Nieves told the Daily News.

Gokada released a statement on Twitter, saying the company was “deeply saddened to inform you about the sudden and tragic loss of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh. Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us”.

Saleh, 33, founded the Gokada motorbike hailing app. It was popular in the Nigerian mega-city of Lagos until state officials in February banned all motorcycle taxis, known locally as ‘okada’ which are able to weave through traffic.

Gokada, funded by US and Gulf investment and venture capital funds, has one of the largest fleets of motorcycle hailing taxis in Nigeria. But the company, along with its competitors, fell foul of regulators in Lagos state.

Security camera video showed Saleh in the apartment building’s elevator with a man in a dark suit, mask and gloves, the media reports said.

Video showed the masked man following Saleh into the apartment, where a struggle began.

A police spokesman declined to offer details beyond a short statement saying police found him unconscious and unresponsive and that emergency medical technicians pronounced him dead.

Reuters with staff reporters

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