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.

Accountability

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.

Volunteerism

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.

Non-Discriminatory

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.

Excellence

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.

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CAPIO EMBARKS ON JAIL DELIVERY EXERCISE

In colloquial terms, jail delivery is the liberation of persons from prison. In legal parlance, it is the clearing of a jail by bringing the prisoners to trial or by having the legality of their commitments reviewed. Better put, it is the decongestion of prisons by the Chief Judge of a State. In Enugu, jail […]

CAPIO Pays Courtesy Call to The Commisioner of Police of Enugu State

Following the flag off of the ACJL implementation project, the project team paid a courtesy call to the Commissioner of Police Enugu State Command, Hon. Dan Mallam Mohammed, to solicit his support for the implementation of the law, particularly as it concerns the State police command. The team was received by the commissioner, the DCP […]

FLAG-OFF OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW OF ENUGU STATE 2017, ORGANISED BY CAPIO ON 9TH JULY 2018 0AT JUSTICE UMEZULIKE AUDITORIUM HIGH COURT COMPLEX ENUGU.

The flag-off/training of Stakeholders on the Implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Enugu State 2017, held at Justice Umezulike Auditorium, High Court Complex, Enugu on 9th day of July 2018 and brought together key actors and Stakeholders in the state judiciary. The event which was organised by Carmelite Prisoner’s Interest Organisation (CAPIO) […]

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