Executive Governor 2007 – 2015
Rt. Hon. Gabriel Torwua Suswam, Lawyer, Administrator, the fourth elected governor of Benue State, was born on 15th November, 1964 in Anyiin, Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, North -Central Nigeria.
At the tender age of five, the young Gabriel Torwua Suswam enrolled at NKST Primary School, Zaki – Biam, Benue State, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1977. On completion of Primary school, he proceeded to the St. Andrew’s Secondary School, Adikpo, where he started his secondary school education. After one year of studies, he transferred to the famous Government College, Makurdi where he continued his studies graduating in 1982.
In his quest for higher education, Rt. Hon. Suswam proceeded to the School of Basic Studies, Makurdi between 1982 and 1984 where he passed the Interim Joint Matriculation Examination (IJMB), a requisite qualification for university education. In 1986 therefore, Hon. Suswam was admitted into the Law Faculty of the University of Lagos. Between 1986 and 1989 he read and obtained the LL.B (Hons) degree, and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991 on successful completion of the programme. After his call to bar, Suswam participated in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme at Trendex Finance Firm in Lagos, from 1990 to 1991.
Between 1991 and 1994, Hon. Suswam began a career in private legal practice as Junior Counsel in the Corporate legal firm of Tokode & Company based in Lagos. A fast learner that he is, Suswam quickly learnt the ropes in the ever challenging world of private legal practice. In 1994, therefore, he formed his Law firm, Tingir & Associates, based in Lagos. Within three years Tingir & Associates metamorphosed into a successful law firm offering a wide range of legal services. In order to cope with the rising number of high profile clientele, he relocated to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory where he partnered with a colleague, Harris Ogbole to float the firm of Suswam Ogbole & Co.
He resigned from private legal practice to seek election into the House of Representatives to represent K/Ala/Ukum/Logo Federal Constituency, which seat he won in 1999 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Rt. Hon. Suswam is a devout Christian and an exemplary family man. A father of two boys, Rt. Hon Dr. Gabriel Suswam is married to his amiable wife, Arc Deaconess Yemisi Dooshima Suswam.