Our Mission

“To protect the interest of vulnerable people, especially inmates, through advocacy for a reformed judicial system, free legal services......

CAPIO works as a not-for-profit, change-development organization advocating and promoting genuine justice and correctional sectors reforms and contributing to improve the general welfare of inmates in Nigeria.

CAPIO’s interventions over the years have focused mainly on the provision of basic needs of inmates; free legal and medical services; rehabilitation of inmates; and cooperation with other Human Rights Organizations to advance the course of justice. 

Our partners are from all over the world



CAPIO Legal Aid programme area is interested in enhancing access to, and quick dispensation of justice to inmates.


The medical Aid programme provides improved medical care to inmates. CAPIO is interested in advocating for improved response action of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) towards healthcare and sanitation in Nigeria custodial centres.


The rehabilitation programme aims to produce empowered and reformed prisoners by supporting personal development of inmates.


The social welfare unit works towards improving infrastructure and facilities in Nigeria prisons and making life more meaningful for the inmates.


The CAPIO’s Advocacy Programme promotes reform in Nigeria’s Justice System, pushing for amnesty for inmates on death row and other long term convicts, and advancing correctional reforms in the country.

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Established in 1992 as a human rights organization to address the rights, needs and dignity of inmates, 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 presence 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”.

2 thousand+ Prison Imates helped

20+ years of service

198 community centers

198 community centers

Who We Are.


Fr Jude Isiguzo (OCD)
Executive Director-CAPIO
Mr.Godwin Ugbor
Program Officer-CAPIO
Felix Aguboshim
Legal Officer-CAPIO
Chukwuanu Okoli
Communications Officer-CAPIO
Rev. Fr. Philip Kusimo (OCD)
Deputy Director - CAPIO
Wilson Nneji
Legal Officer-CAPIO
Fr Ambrose Ekeroku (OCD)
Project Director-CAPIO
Chukwunwike Nwangwu
M&E Programs Officer-CAPIO
Bar. Doris Ugwu
Legal Officer-CAPIO
Peter Udeh
Admin/Finance Officer

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