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Saleh’s murder: Prosecutors discover video of ex-PA buying electric saw

Tyrese Haspel was arraigned before a New York court, on the charge of the second-degree murder.

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murder of Gokada founder, Fahim Saleh

As investigations continue into the gruesome murder of Gokada founder, Fahim Saleh, the Manhattan prosecutors have found  a video of the suspect purchasing an electric saw.

According to the WallStreet Journal, the video surveillance recovered from a hardware store shows a man (identified as Haspil) purchasing the electric saw and cleaning supplies found near the body at the scene of the murder.

The accused has not issued a plea in the case yet, but his Legal Aid attorney Sam Roberts, said: “there is much more to the narrative than the accusations, an arrest by the police, and a charge by the district attorney.”

Tyrese Haspel was arraigned before a New York court, Saturday night, on the charge of the second degree of Fahim Saleh, founder of Gokada, whose lifeless and dismembered body was found in his apartment during the week.

Haspil’s next court appearance is slated for August 17.

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The murder

Nairametrics earlier reported that the surveillance video in the seventh-floor apartment where Saleh died showed a man dressed in black and wearing a mask enters the elevator with Mr. Saleh, and shortly after, Saleh exited an elevator that leads directly into the full-floor, two-bedroom apartment, closely followed by the masked person.

Investigators recovered a security video showing that Saleh fell to the floor after being shocked by a stun gun or a taser.

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A woman told investigators that she recognized the person using the Taser in the video as Mr. Haspil, according to the criminal complaint, although the woman’s identity was withheld.

Officials arrived the scene to find Saleh’s clothed torso, bags containing a head and arms, and an electric saw in the living room of his apartment on the Lower East Side, police said.

The court papers presented by the prosecutors have it that Saleh was stabbed five times in the neck and torso and had wounds on his arm and left hand. The saw was used to dismember his body just below the knees, at both shoulders and the neck.

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Suspected motive

According to the Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison, the 21-year old Tyrese Haspil was an executive assistant of the deceased Saleh and handled his financial and personal matters

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From the findings, he owed his boss a lot of money, and this supports suspicions that money could have been the motive behind the crime, although Rodney did not give details.

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After the murder, Saleh’s body was dismembered and packaged in bags, with the electric saw still plugged into an outlet in the apartment, causing the police to suggest that the murderer may have been interrupted in his actions of trying to dispose the body.

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Backstory 

Fahim Saleh was a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, popularly known for his tech innovations in developing countries.

He founded Gokada, Nigeria’s first bike-hailing service, in 2018.

His lifeless body was found in his apartment on Tuesday after his relative called the 911 service. Since then, investigations have been on to find Saleh’s killer. Police believe that the relative, a cousin, may have interrupted the intruder before the killer fled out a back exit.

Haspil was arrested on Friday in connection to the murder.

 

Ruth Okwumbu has a MSc. and BSc. in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Delta state university respectively. Prior to her role as analyst at Nairametrics, she had a progressive six year writing career. As a Business Analyst with Narametrics, she focuses on profiles of top business executives, founders, startups and the drama surrounding their successes and challenges. You may contact her via [email protected]

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Breaking: CEO of BGL Securities Ltd, Albert Okumagba is dead

The death has been reported of Albert Okumagba, CEO of BGL Securities Limited.

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The CEO of BGL Securities Limited, Albert Okumagba, has died. Nairametrics confirmed this via sources close to the deceased investment guru.

According to reliable sources who confirmed the unfortunate news to Nairametrics, he died in the morning of Thursday, November 19, 2020. It is unclear what may have killed him but it appears he may have died of a heart attack.

Until his demise, he was the CEO/Managing Director of BGL Plc, which he joined from Centre Point Merchant Bank, where he served as the Head of Merger and Acquisitions.

The late Okumagba is an alumnus of the prestigious University of Ibadan and University of Lagos, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree respectively. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers.

It would be recalled that in 2015, Okumagaba was suspended from operating in the capital market by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after BGL was found guilty of complaints made by various investors. The suspension was …to a life ban by the SEC following a final decision by its APC in 2017.

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Between 2014 and 2015, the Delta State-born economist and investment expert was the President of Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), a not-for-profit professional institute providing training for professionals in stockbroking, securities and investment, fund and portfolio management, asset management, investment management, and other related fields.

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Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc announces the death of a Director

Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc has announced the death of one of its directors, Mr. Uzochukwu Odunukwe.

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Abbey Mortgage Bank to raise capital, Abbey Mortgage Bank to issue shares

Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc has announced the death of one of its directors, Mr. Uzochukwu Odunukwe. The disclosure was made through a letter, signed by the Bank’s secretary, Geoff Amagheronu and sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange market, as seen by Nairametrics.

What you should know

The late Mr. Uzochukwu was born on August 3, 1957 in Igbodo, Delta State, Nigeria and passed away on July 30, 2020 in the United States of America. He is an accomplished leader with multidisciplinary exposure and a successful track record in governance and strategic levels of management with over 20 years cognate experience. Until his death, Mr. Uzochukwu served as Independent Non-Executive Director of Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc since August 19, 2016.

What they are saying

Part of the press release by Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc read thus: “ABBEY MORTGAGE BANK PLC regrets to announce the death of one of its Directors-MR. UZOCHUKWU ODUNUKWE which sad event took place on Thursday, 30th July, 2020 in the United States of America.”

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Former Ghanaian President, Jerry Rawlings dies from COVID-19 complications

Jerry Rawlings, former Ghanaian military ruler and President has died.

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Former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, has died from complications related to Coronavirus.

According to reports, Rawlings had been hospitalized at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for about a week, as a result of COVID-19, before his death on Thursday, November 12, 2020. He died at the age of 73.

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Rawlings, who served two terms as a democratically elected President of Ghana, led a military Junta until 1992. He was a military ruler, before joining politics. He ruled from 1981 to 2001.

He was born in Accra, Ghana on June 22, 1947, to a Ghanaian mother and a Scottish father.

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