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Gokada CEO, Fahim Saleh presumed dead after body found in New York apartment

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Serial techpreneur and Venture Capitalist, Falim Saleh, 33, is presumed dead after a limbless and headless torso was found in his high end New York apartment. Police also found contractor bags and a plugged-in electric saw near the body. They have yet to disclose whether the dismembered body parts found inside the bag are his.

NYPD spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves however said, “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.” Detectives are awaiting results from fingerprint and forensic tests on the body.

The New York Police discovered the grisly sight on Tuesday afternoon after the victim’s sister called 911. Saleh’s sister found the decapitated body after not hearing from him in a day.

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Saleh, who is the CEO of Nigerian-based motorcycle sharing company, Gokada, bought the US$ 2.25 million dollar condo in 2019. He tweeted excitedly about this achievement at the time.

According to police, the building elevator surveillance cameras may have caught the victim’s last moments. Saleh is seen entering the elevator on Monday, after which a second man in a suit, gloves, hat, and mask joined him. Moments later a struggle ensues between the two. From this, the assumption is that Saleh was targeted by the unknown assailant.

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The company he co-founded, Gokada, has faced numerous setbacks and has had to conduct mass layoffs after Lagos banned companies like his in January 2020. Before joining Go-Kada, he was the co-founder of Pathao, a bike-sharing company in his native Bangladesh. He is also a partner at Adventure Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm founded in May 2018.

Fahim was very vocal about the tech industry trends, regularly posting on his social media, and sharing articles about his entrepreneurial journey on his Medium page.
He started Gokada alongside co-founder, Deji Oduntan, in 2018; the company raised US$ 5.3 million in venture capital in June 2019.

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