Tyrese Devon Haspil, the former Personal assistant to the late Chief Executive Officer of Gokada, Fahim Saleh has been picked up by the New York Police Department.
Naija News learnt that Haspil, was arrested in the early hours of Friday, is expected to be charged with second-degree murder among other counts.
An official who spoke with the news outlet linked Saleh’s murder to the discovery that his assistant had stolen tens of thousands of dollars from him.The source also said this was despite the fact that the deceased did not divulge his findings about Haspil and had even arranged a repayment plan for him to return the money.
Naija News had on Wednesday reported that the 33-year-old was found dismembered inside a luxury apartment in New York’s Lower East Side on Tuesday afternoon.
Other source noted that the killing may have been a targeted hit, as investigators look into the victim’s business affairs for any possible motives or suspects.
“I think it was an overseas situation where they hired a hitman to do this and maybe the person is on a plane out of here,” a friend of Saleh told NBC New York. Detectives are said to be looking into that possibility.
Police said surveillance footage showed the faceless killer bolting via a staircase after Saleh’s sister buzzed up to the apartment and got into the elevator.
The police said, “He was dressed like a ninja, full out, so you can’t even see his face.”
“He clearly knew what he was doing. We think his intent was to get rid of the body parts and go back and clean it up and make it look like nothing happened. He left before he finished the job,” The SUN UK reports.
Following the death of Saleh, his former Co-Founder, Deji Oduntan, tweeted, “I am utterly shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Fahim’s death.
“Fahim was passionate about building our Ecosystem and left an indelible mark in it.”
According to his LinkedIn profile, Oduntan was the Co-Found and CEO until March 2019.
Gokada raised $5.3million in funding in May 2019 but in February of this year, the company laid off 75 per cent of its workforce following a ban on tricycles and bikes on major routes in Lagos State
Source: Naija News