Psychosocial Predictors of Attitude towards Pipeline Vandalisation among Residents around Pipeline Routes of Petroleum Products in Arepo, Ogun State

Authors

  • Akeem A. Kenku Department of Psychology, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
  • Ajibola A. Ishola Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan
  • Adedayo Olufunmilayo Adeyemi Federal University of Education, Ondo

Keywords:

Psychosocial Predictors, Pipeline Vandalization, Residents, Attitudes, Arepo

Abstract

Pipeline vandalism in Nigeria is on the rise as unscrupulous individuals and criminals are now deliberately breaching pipelines to siphon Premium Motor Spirits (Petrol) and other refined products despite the dangers involved. This study examined the psychosocial predictors of attitudes towards pipeline vandalisation among residents around pipeline routes of petroleum products in Arepo, Ogun State. The study was a cross-sectional survey research method. Two hundred and twenty-five (225) residents living close to the pipeline routes were sampled using a standardized questionnaire and data gathered was analysed using descriptive statistical tools, multiple regression analysis, t-test for independence and Pearson Product Moment correlation (r) analysis at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the study revealed that residents who are high on the lack of trust in security agencies reported a positive attitude toward pipeline vandalization (t (225) = -5.63, p<.01) than residents who are low on the attitude towards pipeline vandalization. There was a significant inverse relationship between residents’ socio-economic status and attitude towards pipeline vandalization (r= -.33, df = 227, p<.05). The residents who are low on the fear of crime reported a positive attitude toward pipeline vandalization (t (225) = 4.86, p<.01) than residents who are high on attitude towards pipeline vandalization. There was no significant gender difference in the attitude towards pipeline vandalization (t (225) = -1.94, p>.05). Age (β = .18, p<.01) and educational status (β = .17, p<.01) predicted attitude towards pipeline vandalization (R2 = 0.27, F (2,226) = 8.94, p < .01) while marital status’ independent influence on the attitude towards pipeline vandalization was negligible. It was recommended that community policing and, a sense of ownership should be inculcated into the citizens through educational awareness and community-oriented resources be allocated to these high-crime areas.

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Published

2024-07-01

How to Cite

Kenku, A. A. ., Ishola, A. A. ., & Olufunmilayo, A. . (2024). Psychosocial Predictors of Attitude towards Pipeline Vandalisation among Residents around Pipeline Routes of Petroleum Products in Arepo, Ogun State. Ife Social Sciences Review, 32(1), 112–124. Retrieved from https://issr.oauife.edu.ng/index.php/issr/article/view/247