by Linda Ikeji
Fahim Saleh, the owner of motorcycle-hailing company ‘GoKada’ and co-founder of ride-sharing venture Pathao has been found dead in his New York apartment.
The dismembered body of the tech entrepreneur who bought the New York apartment for $2.25 million last year was found around 3:30pm on Tuesday July 14. Police said the limbless, headless torso of the 33-year-old millionaire tech entrepreneur was found with an electric saw lying next to the remains.
New York Daily News reported that the police made the grisly discovery in a building on E Houston St at Suffolk St. on the Lower East side at about 3:30pm. NYPD officers visited the seventh-floor condo after the the deceased’s sister called 911 because she had not seen her brother in a day.
Fahim was last seen on surveillance footage on Monday afternoon around 1:40pm, when he entered his building’s elevator which opens right out to his seventh-floor apartment. The surveillance footage showed Fahim getting into the elevator, followed quickly by a second man dressed in a suit, wearing gloves, a hat and a mask over his face.
After he walked out onto his floor, he fell immediately possibly shot or stunned. A police source said;
“The perp had a suitcase. He was very professional.”
Pathao Co-founder Hussain Elius has reacted to the shocking incident, saying;
“We are shocked and saddened to hear the reports of the death of Fahim Saleh, one of the founding members of the Pathao team.
“Fahim believed in the potential for technology to transform lives in Bangladesh and beyond. He saw the promise in us, when all we had was a common purpose and a shared vision. He was, and will forever remain, an incredible inspiration for Pathao and our entire ecosystem.”
Fahim, a Bentley University alumnus, co-founded Pathao together with Hussain M Elius and Shifat Adnan in 2015. He was a computer science and engineering (CSE) graduate.
Fahim started Gokada, a motorcycle ride-sharing company in Lagos, but the company faced setbacks and mass layoffs after Lagos banned commercial motorcycles (Okada) from operating, in January 2020.