The Executive Assistant of the founder of Gokada, a Lagos-based commercial motorcycle hailing application, 21-year-old Tyrese Devon Haspil, has been yesterday 17th July 2020 arrested by the New York Police Department (NYPD) in connection with the gruesome murder of Fahim Saleh early this week in his Manhattan apartment. The NYPD allege that the deceased had discovered that the suspect, who was the one in charge of Saleh’s finances and personal affairs, had stolen from him and is indebted to his him to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, hence the suspect was placed on a reasonable repayment plan. The Bengali-American apparently noticed that Haspil was stealing from his finances and had instead of taking him to the authorities, leniently placed the young man on a reasonable repayment plan.
Saleh was a vibrant American entrepreneur of Bangladeshi parentage who co-founded Pathao, a ride-share application popular in Bangladesh, and was the CEO of Gokada, a motorcycle ride-sharing and delivery company based in Nigeria. His most current firm is the Adventure Capital that invests in ride-sharing startups in Colombia and Bangladesh.
Born in September 23rd, 1986, Saleh had become a website developer in his teenage in high school and while still in high school brilliantly set up PrankCall.com used for prerecorded prank phone calls, a venture that according to him, has raked more than $10 million by 2018. He attended Bentley University, Massachusetts.
According to the CNN, “In 2019, Gokada raised $5.3 million in seed funding and hired over 800 drivers, but Gokada’s business hit an unexpected drawback in February when Lagos state banned commercial motorcycles in the city. Saleh filmed an impassioned plea on behalf of his employees to lift the ban as the company pivoted to delivery and worked toward launching a boat hailing service, he told CNN in February.”
The 33-year-old Saleh was found decapitated, his head, hands and legs dismembered, on Monday. On Thursday, autopsy report says that he died from multiple stabs to his neck and torso.
Surveillance video showed Saleh walking into his elevator and a man dressed in all black following him into the elevator and attacking him with a taser. Haspil, his personal assistant and a university student, was arrested in Manhattan on Friday morning as the prime suspect.