Fahim Saleh, founder of the Nigerian ride-sharing tech startup Gokada, murdered. His personal assistant and a former employee suspected and arrested for the killing
Fahim Saleh, the founder of the Nigerian ride-sharing app Gokada, has been murdered. The body of 33-year-old tech entrepreneur was found dismembered and decapitated inside his Manhattan apartment. The suspect, identified as a 21-year old Tyrese Devon Haspil, was arrested on Friday, according to multiple New York news media.
Haspil, who is also Saleh’s personal assistant and a former employee, is expected to be charged in the murder, several media outlets reported, including the New York Times, NBC’s New York TV station, the New York Daily News and the New York Post. According to New York police, Saleh’s body was found decapitated and dismembered in his luxury condo apartment on Tuesday. His body parts were placed into separate plastic garbage bags. A power saw and cleaning supplies were found plugged in nearby.
Saleh learned that Haspil allegedly swiped $100,000 from him — but instead of ratting him out to authorities, he brokered a repayment plan with the younger man. But at some point, Haspil allegedly reneged on the deal, according to New York Post. “This was an act of charity that turned into an act of murder,” the source told New York Post.
Fahim Saleh founded Gokada in 2018. Gokada is a mobile application software for motorcycle and taxi that revolutionizes the way people move around the cities. It provides commuters access to hail motorcycles and take safe and affordable rides to any part of Lagos. The app is currently available and can be used on both Android and iOS devices.
“Last I was told, we don’t have anyone in custody,” police spokesman Sergeant Vincent Marchese said by phone. “There is no arrest. I don’t know where they’re getting the information from.”
Earlier in the week, Saleh died of multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso, the New York City medical examiner said. His body was discovered in his apartment on Tuesday afternoon.
Security camera video showed Saleh in his apartment building’s elevator with a man in a dark suit, mask and gloves, the media reports said. Video footage showed the suspect following Saleh into the seventh-story apartment, where a struggle began.