Moses Ugwu and Family at CAPIO Office Shortly After Their Release From Prison
Gratitude they say, is a virtue and it is only the wise that knows how to express it. The importance of showing gratitude cannot be overemphasized as it provides an enabling opportunity for the beneficiary to say ‘thank you’ for the favor received. And moving forward, it facilitates the building of a robust and healthy relationship.
The entire management and staff of CAPIO was amazed by the sheer demonstration of appreciation and love by one of her beneficiaries, Mr. Moses Ugwu and his family. Permit me to mention his name in this piece because it is customary of CAPIO to withhold names of her beneficiaries as a matter of policy but this is really an exceptional case-the act is unprecedented in the history of CAPIO. For the purpose of clarity, it is pertinent to briefly re-state the fact of the case leading to the incarceration of Mr. Moses, his wife and three children in the Custodial Centre.
The ugly incidence happened in 2016 when Mr. Moses Ugwu’s two sons had an altercation and a fight ensued. During the fight, the older son sustained an injury and started bleeding profusely. Their mother wanted to take him to the hospital, but he declined saying that he would be fine and went to his room to sleep. The next morning, his mother went to check up on him and found his lifeless body. She became nervous and sent her daughter on an errand (one of the defendants) to call their father who was staying at the farm settlement. Their father came back and after consulting with his Kinsmen, went to the Police station to report the incidence and he was arrested. His son, the principal defendant, his wife and two other children were subsequently arrested and taken to Ogbede Police station, Enugu State. They were later transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Enugu. Consequently, they were taken to the Magistrate Court on the offence of murder however, the court declined jurisdiction because of the capital nature of the alleged offence and remanded them in Enugu Maximum Custodial Security Centre sine die. CAPIO encountered them during one of her weekly visits to the custodial centre, Enugu and was swayed by the pathetic nature of the case (a situation where the entire family was arrested and imprisoned without trial).
CAPIO legal team immediately swung into action and filed a motion for their bail at the High Court. The court granted bail to Mr. Moses, his wife and two of his children but refused bail in respect of the principal defendant. It was during this time that the State filed Information and separated the charge. Mr. Moses, his wife and two children were charged for accessory after the fact of murder while his son (principal defendant) was charged for murder. During the trial, Mr. Moses, his wife and other defendants were discharged and acquitted in 2017 but the trial of the principal defendant continued until 2019 when the court finally discharged and acquitted him on the ground of self-defense. Unfortunately, his wife died shortly after their released.
Moved by the selfless and humanitarian services rendered by CAPIO to him and his family while in incarceration, Mr. Moses Ugwu in company of his kinsmen and family visited CAPIO on the 6th of August, 2020 to express their immense appreciation for the free legal services rendered to his family. They were warmly received by the Executive Director of CAPIO in company of other staff. Fr. Ambrose Ekeroku, OCD, while welcoming them commended him for his sense of gratitude and humility. He stated that his act of appreciation was unprecedented as in the history of CAPIO, none of her beneficiaries have demonstrated this unique act of thanksgiving. He assured them of CAPIO’s commitment towards improving detention condition of the inmates and decongestion of the Custodial Centres through her pro bono services. Mr. Moses after narrating the ordeals he experienced while in incarceration thanked CAPIO immensely for her timely intervention and assistance which he described as charity par excellence hence he has come to say ‘Thank you’.