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Gokada CEO Found Dead, Dismembered

Fahim Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Lagos-based motorcycle-hailing company, Gokada, has been found brutally murdered in his apartment in the United States.

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The limbless, headless torso of the 33-year-old millionaire tech entrepreneur was found inside his $2.25 million apartment in New York on Tuesday afternoon, with an electric saw lying next to the remains, police in New York said.

Police made the discovery in a building on E. Houston St. at Suffolk St. on the lower east side at about 3.30pm.

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They found contractor bags near the torso, police sources said, but did not immediately open them to see if the body parts were inside.

Sgt Carlos Nieves, NYPD spokesperson, said all the body parts were found at the scene, but declined to give specifics on where.

“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,” he said.

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Detectives are waiting for fingerprint and forensics tests on the body, police sources further disclosed.

The NYPD went to the seventh-floor apartment, after the victim’s sister called 911. She raised alarm on Tuesday, that she had not seen her brother in a day, then discovered his dismembered corpse, Nieves also said.

An elevator surveillance camera may have caught the victim’s last moments.

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Reports say it shows the victim getting into the elevator on Monday, followed quickly by a second man, dressed in a suit, wearing gloves, a hat and a mask over his face.

After the victim walked out to his floor, he fell immediately, possibly shot or stunned.

“The perp had a suitcase. He was very professional,” one police source was quoted.

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The curtains were drawn at the newly-constructed apartment building, where condos were sold at $2.15 million last year.

His neighbour, Daniel Faust, 40, said he saw police lead two women from the building.

“There was one that came first with short black hair. Then a second one came, a little taller and with long hair. They were just hysterical, I guess in disbelief. And then they left with the detectives,” he said.

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Police also brought a dog, a mid-sized Pomsky, out of the building, he added.

Saleh was described as a self-made millionaire, an energetic person who loved gadgets and video games. He brought tech companies into countries like Nigeria and Indonesia.

Reports say he moved into his apartment at the end of 2019, and posted a photo of his new home on Twitter in December.

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