CAPIO’s Core Values

Selfless Sevice

The service we render are borne out of of genuine compassion for those in prison, who also deserve to be cared for and so, we whole-heartedly devote ourselves to this service without expectations for worldly gains/rewards.


We are accountable first to God, whose injunction spurred us to action and service. We sincerely believe in being open in our dealings with our donors/supporters and their funds/resources. WE equally expect and will support duty bearrs and other stakeholders to be accountable in their stewardship.


We believe that the course we pursue is one that people willingly commit to without coercion, and so, we are open to working with like minds towards achieving the mission of the organization.

Our Other Core Values

Other Core Values

Comprehensive Viewpoint

We accommodate diverse viewpoints and are willing to learn and adapt better strategies and methods to perfect our work. We work strategically to form allies with other organizations/bodies because we see the problem of prison and the legal systems as cross-cutting societal issues that require a multi-dimensional approach to effect desirable reforms.


We offer our services in Nigeria prisons and legal system and do not discriminate or segregate in any form- be it on the basis of religion, race, ethnic group, sex, social or otherwise.


We give the best of our services and do not compromise quality even when the services are offered free (pro-bono) to beneficiaries.

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Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization[CAPIO]

Who we are?

Established in 1992 as a human rights organization to address the rights, needs and dignity of prisoners, CAPIO was formally registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) in 2003. The organization started off as part of the apostolate of the Order of Discalced Carmelite (OCD) Friars in Enugu State and has plans to leverage on the prescence of the Carmelites in other States to expand the work of CAPIO. The inspiration for the work is derived from the fact that all human beings are created in God's image and likeness with equal dignity and rights. CAPIO also strives to fulfill the demands of Matt.25:35-36, "...I was in prison and you came to me".

Recent Achievements of the Legal Unit

  • Secured the release of 44 prisoners in both Oji River and Enugu Prisons.
  • Secured bail for 30 inmates inNsukka prison.
  • Freedom for 133 inmates in Enugu, Oji River & Nsukka through jail delivery exercise.
  • Paid the fines for 3 inmates to secure their freedom

What CAPIO does

CAPIO works as a not-for-profit, change-development organization advocating and promoting genuine justice and prison sectors reforms and contributing to improve the general welfare of prisoners in Nigeria. CAPIO commits to the call for justice through advocacy for legal reforms and penal codes’ reviews; through provision of free medical and legal services; and through compassionate obligation in helping prisoners while in and out of prisons. CAPIO’s interventions over the years have focused mainly on the provision of basic needs of prisoners; free legal and medical services; rehabilitation of prisoners; and cooperation with other Human Rights Organizations to advance the course of justice. CAPIO’s work has been executed under the four program components of Legal, Medical, Social welfare and Rehabilitation.


Latest news


The term incarceration or imprisonment evokes different feelings for different people, depending on their experiences with the law and law offenders. For those who have had unpleasant experiences with criminals whether directly or indirectly, incarceration translates to justice, while for those who have been unjustly incarcerated or have a close person who has, incarceration translates […]


Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization has for the last six years sponsored inmates at Enugu State maximum security prison for the National Examination Council Examinations (NECO). This year, CAPIO sponsored a total number of 48 inmates for the exam. The successful candidates were selected from the top performing students who sat for the NECO mock examination. […]


One of the indispensable needs of prisoners in Nigeria is health care. Unfortunately, the healthcare needs of the most excluded group in the community, such as prisoners, hardly receive considerable attention in sub-Saharan African countries, especially in Nigeria. The poor health status of many prisoners in Nigeria has become a very serious cause for worry […]

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