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Rasidi Akanji OKUNOLA

Reader,  Crimonology

B.Sc, (Sokoto), M.Sc. Ph.D Crimonlogy (Ibadan)


Dr. Rasidi Akanji Okunola joined the department in 1994 and has taught courses principally in the areas of deviance, crime studies and treatment of the offender. Primarily a criminologist with research interest in rural crime and policing in transitional societies he has contributed chapters to academic and technical volumes in the area of crime/penology and community development. A recipient of some local and international academic grants, he is a member of National Accountability Research Group (NARG) currently funded by CODESRIA and a fellow of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CEPACS) University of Ibadan. Outside the core academic concerns, his interest in community services and social security led to his involvement in various NGO activities and programme across the geographical zones on Nigerian. He has served as consultant to several United Nations’ Agencies in Nigeria on research project focusing on Poverty, Child Labour, and sustainable development including the Ford Foundation sponsored project on positive leadership in Nigeria under the umbrella of centre for Social Sciences Research and Development (CSSR&D), 2002; and was the Associate Project Manager for the USAID funded Gender Informed Nutrition and Agriculture (GINA Project) in Food Basket Foundation International, Ibadan



Deviance, Crime studies and treatment of the offender; Social thought  and Sociology of Mass Communication



Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

[email protected] ; [email protected]



Students Merit (academic) Award, Federal Ministry of Education, Lagos 1981/82 session

Best Graduating Students, Sociology Department, University of Sokoto  1982

Recipient, Federal Government Postgraduate Scholarship Award             1983/84

Biographee, International Youth in Achievement, 3rd Edition, IBC England              1986

Grantee, NISER/SSCN National Research Network on Liberalization Policies in Nigeria 1992

Grantee CODESRIA Small Thesis Grant (Ph.D.)              1995

Grantee, Population Research Fund Project, NISER        1996

Grantee, University of Ibadan Senate Research Grant         1998

Grantee, ILO International programme on the elimination of Child labour  2005

Grantee, CODESRIA Award for Accountability Network Study                2005

Grantee, University of Ibadan Senate Research Grant         2006




1.           Okunola, R.A. (1997). Working in the Shadow of Death: The case of Night Guards in Urban Centre in Nigeria. In Adewumi, F.A.  and Omololu, O.O. (Eds.),  Death by Installment; Occupational Health and Hazards in Nigerian; Lagos: Friedrich Ebert Foundation. pp. 126-138; ISBN 978-34306-0-2 (Nigeria)

2.             Okunola, R.A. (1999). Order and Deviance in Society. In Shoremi, M.O.; Edewor P.A. and Olutayo, O.A. (Eds) The Science of Society: A Sociological Introduction; Ago-Iwoye: Ogun State University. Pp 122-138; ISBN 978-34916-2-8 (Nigeria)

3.          Okunola, R.A. (2002). Crime in Society: Currents and Perspectives. In Uche C. Isiugo- Abanihe, I; Isamah A.N, and Adesina, J.O. (Eds.) Currents and Perspectives in Sociology. Lagos: Malthouse Social Science Studies.  pp349-366. ISBN  978 023 075- 0

4           Okunola, R.A., Aderinto A.A. and Atere, A.A.  (2002).   The Prison as a Social System. In Uche C. Isiugo- Abanihe, I; Isamah A.N, and Adesina, J.O. (eds.); Currents and Perspectives in Sociology, Lagos: Malthouse Social Science Studies. ISBN 978 023 075- 0; p319-333

5.          Isamah A. N. and Okunola, R.A (2002). Family Life Under Economic Adjustment: The rise of child breadwinners. In Guyer J. I.; Denzer L. and Agabaje A.A. B(eds); Money Struggles and City Life: Devaluation in Ibadan and other Urban Centres in Southern Nigeria (1986 -1996); Portsmouth: Heinemann. Pp 63-72. ISBN 0-325-07065-2  (USA) 

6.          Okunola, R.A. (2005). Leadership without Accountability: NGOs and Grassroots Development in the South West. In Olukoshi, A. Agbaje, A.A. B; Abdullah, H., and  Obi, I. (Eds). Nigeria’s Search for Positive Leadership.  Ibadan: Ibadan University Press/Centre for Social Science Research and Development.pp.329-338 ISBN 978-121-402-39 (Nigeria)

7.       Okunola R.A. and Aluko Y.A. (2007). The Praxis of Gender and Community Development in Nigeria. In Simi Afonja (Ed.). Beyond our Imagination: African Women’s Realities. Ibadan: Spectrum Books Limited, pp. 152-167   ISBN. 978-978-029-795-4  (Nigeria)

8.            Okunola, R.A. (2012).  Peoples, Culture and the Mass Media. In  Jegede, A.S., Olutayo, A.O.; Omololu, O.O. and Owumi, B.E. (Eds).  Peoples and Cultures of Nigerin.  Ibadan: Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan.  p 269-287. ISBN 978-978-929-644-6. (Nigeria)

9.          Okunola, R.A.; Ikuomola, A.D. and Adekunbi, K.A. (2013). Issues in Nigerian Security and Policing. In  Sofela, B; Edo, V.O. and Olaniyi, R.O. (Eds).  Nigeria at 50: Politics, Society and Development; Ibadan: Department of History, University of Ibadan.  pp 427. ISBN 440ISBN: 978-978-52024-0-3.  (Nigeria)

10            Okunola, R.A and Adeboyejo G.O. (2013). The State and the challenges of insecurity in Nigeria.  In Albert I.O. and Eselebor W.A. (Eds); Managing security in a globalization world. Ibadan: Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP). pp 17-42 ISBN: 978-978-51368-7-6 (Nigeria)        

11.            Okunola, R.A. (2014). Social Control Theories. In Aderinto A.A. (Ed) Deviance and Social Control – An African Perspective. Ibadan: Ibadan University Press. Pp. 221 – 230. ISBN: 978-978-8456-91-9 (Nigeria)

12. Aderinto, A.A. and Okunola, R.A. (1998). Push and Sustaining Factors of Child Labour in Nigeria. Ife Psychologia: An International Journal.  Vol.6 No. 1. pp. 173-183. (Nigeria)

13. Olutayo O.A. and Okunola, R.A. (1998). Youth and Crime: A study of Rural Hybrids in   Ogun State, Nigeria. Journal of the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Association, Vol. 1 NO.1., pp. 163-169. (Nigeria)

14          Okunola, R.A.and Olufemi L.M. (2009). The Media, Cultural Promotion and Bio-Diversity Conservation. Nigerian Heritage: Journal of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments Vol.17&18 pp139-148 (Nigeria)

15. Aderinto, A.A., Olawoye, J.E., Jegede, A.S, Ezumah, N.Gyong E, Omololu, O and Okunola R.A. (2006). Cultural Conception and Changes in Husbandhood: Evidences from Three Socio-cultural Groups in Nigeria. Journal of Environment and Culture Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 56-73.  (Nigeria)

16. Amzat Jimoh, Abodunrin A. Julius and Okunola R.A. (2007). The Print Media and Crime: Values and Issues.  International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences Vol. 2, Issue 1 (January), pp. 63-75   (United Kingdom)

17. Okunola R.A. and Ikuomola A. Daniel (2009). The Nigerian Civil war of `1967 and the stigmatization of children born of rape victims. South-South Journal of Culture and Development, Vol. 11(2), pp131-157.  (Nigeria)

18. Okunola R.A. and Ikuomola A. Daniel (2009). Corporate Establishments preferences and the Quest for Overseas qualification by Nigerian University students. Education Research and Reviews, Vol. 4(12), pp. 626-633 (South Africa)

19. Okunola, R.A. (2009). Commuters’ Fear of Crime and Road Transport Industry: A case Study of Ibadan-Sokoto Transport Corridor. The Nigerian Journal Of Sociology and Anthropology Vol.7, 2009. Pp97-120 (Nigeria)

20. Ikuomola, A.D., Okunola, R.A. and Heap, S.  (2009). Historical analysis of Touts as a deviant sub-group in Lagos State.  African Journal of Arts and Humanities Vol.2. No.2; Pp49-62. Ghana

21. Okunola, R.A. and Ikuomola, A.D (2010). The Socio-economic implication of climate change, desert encroachment and Communal conflicts in Northern Nigeria. American Journal of Social and Management Sciences Vol. 1.No. 2; Pp 88-101; (USA) 

22. Okunola, R.A. and Ikuomola, A.D (2010).  Child labour in Fostering Practices: A study of Surulere Local Government Area lagos State, Nigeria. The Social Sciences 5(6); pp493-506 (South Africa)

23. Akinyele, I.O., Kene, E., Okunola, R.A. (2010). Institutionalising Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation Process: Experiences from Nigeria.  West African Journal of Foods and Nutrition  Vol. 11(2), pp24-31.  (Nigeria)

24. Okunola, R.A. Ikuomola, A.D. and Akintudire, A.F (2011). Perception of the activities of Touts in Mushin and Oshodi Neighbourhoods – Lagos State- Nigeria. Ekpoma Journal of Social Sciences Vol 5, No 1, March 2011; Pp110-120  (Nigeria)

25. Ikuomola, A.D. and Okunola, R.A(2011). Crime and Violence as a barrier to Gender Equality in Nigeria politics. Peace and Conflict Review  Vol. 5, Issue 2, Spring 2011; pp 28-40 (Costa-Rica)  

26. Ikuomola; A.D. and Okunola, R.A (2011). Womanhood and the Media: Nigeria and the Arab World. The Social Sciences  Vol 6 (3), pp 227-234 (Pakistan)

27. Okunola, R.A. and Ikuomola, A.D. (2012). Festival of Curses: A traditional Crime Control Method in Edo State-Nigeria. Journal of Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology Vol. 7, issue 1. Pp85-106 (Bulgaria) (70%).

28. Ikuomola, A.D. and Okunola, R.A (2012). Oil producing communities’ Initiatives and the Dynamics of Conflict and Peace building in Niger Delta. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa  Volume 14, No. 7. Pp175-190 (USA)

29           Ajayi, D.D., Okunola, R.A. and Aiyede, E.R. (2012). Liquefied natural Gas (LNG), environment and the society. Journal of Environmental Research and Management, Vol. 3,issue 6. Pp 114 -123 (USA)

30.          Okunola, R.A., Ojo Matthias Olufemi (2012).  Re-assessing the relevance & efficacy of Yoruba Gods as agent of Punishment: A Case Study of Sango and Ogun.  Journal of Issues in Ethnology & Anthropology.  Vol. 7(4).pp 1057-1076 (Bulgaria)

31            Omololu, O. O.; Okunola, R.A., and Salami K.K. (2012).   Equity and access to health care services: the experience of the Bamako Initiative Programmee in Nigeria. Journal of medicine and medical sciences. Vol. 3(6), pp 434-442 (Australia)

32.  Okunola, R.A., and  Ojo M.O.D (2012).  Negative life events and aggressive behaviour of Efunsetan Aniwura.  African Journal of Criminology and Justice  Studies Vol. 6 (2). Pp. 197-205. (USA)

33.        Arisukwu, O.C. and Okunola, R.A. (2013), ‘Challenges Faced by Community-oriented policing trainees in Nigeria’, Developing Country Studies; New-York: International Institute of Science, technology and Education; Vol.3, No.4. Pp 44-51.  (USA) 

34.          Ikuomola, A.D, Okunola, R.A. & Akindutire, A.F. (2014).  Ritualism (Dis)order: Street Carnivals, Transgression & Excesses in Nigeria.  Anthropoligia Vol. 14, (1) pp. 129 -146 (Serbia)

35           Okunola, R.A., Lawal M.O., Ganiyu, R.O. and Adeleke O.A. (2014).  Inter-Agency Cooperation in crime management and its implication on workability of Policing project in Nigeria.  Public Policy and Administration Research; Vol. 4, (7) (USA)

36.          Ikuomola, A.D, Okunola, R.A. & Fagbami, S.O. (2014).  Deviant Behaviour in Library Use:  A case study of three Universities in Nigeria.  Chinese  Librarianship. Vol. 37 pp 63 – 78   (China)

37.          Okunola, R.A. & Ademola E.O. (2015).  Intra-communal Conflicts & the Politics of oil compensation Sharing among indigenes of Ilaje Community, Ondo State, Nigeria. The Nigeria Journal of Sociology & Anthropology  Vol. 13 No. 2.  pp. 112 – 127.   (Nigeria)

38.          Akokwuwebe, M.E., Okunola, R.A. (2015).  Demographic Transition and  Rural development in Nigeria.  Development Community Studies Vol. 5, No. 6. Pp. 90 – 103. (USA) 

39           Akikuwebe, M.E , Okunola R.A. and Falayi O.E. (2015). Youths and Risky Sexual behaviour: A Kap Study on HIV/AIDS amongst University of Ibadan student. European Journal of Social Sciences. Vol. 49. No.2. Pp. 140 -152 (Mahe Seeychelles -Europe) 

40     Okunola, R.A. and Hussaini, M.C.  (2015). The dynamics of Communal conflicts and criminality in Nigeria.  Osun Sociological Review Vol.2, No 1; pp11-22. (Nigeria)

*41.        Isiugo-Abanihe, U.C., Olajide, R; Nwokocha, E.E., Fayehun, F; Okunola, R.A. and Akingbade R. (2015). Adolescent Sexuality and life Skills Education in Nigeria: To what extent have out-of-school Adolescents been Reached?  African Journal of Reproductive Health, vol. 19 (1): 101 – 111(USA)

*42         Isiaka Monsurat, Issah Moshood and. Okunola, R.A. (2016).  Family Factors and Adolescents’ Substance Abuse: A Study of Adolescent Substance Abusers in Ilorin, Kwara State.  Kaduna Journal of Sociology Vol.3 (1). pp 148 – 164 (Nigeria)

*43.       Ikuomola, A.D, Okunola, R.A. and Akindutire, A.F. (2016). Criminality: Illegal Logging of Woods in Nigeria’s South west Forest Belt.  African Journal of Criminology of Justice Studies. Vol. 9(I). pp.141-153 (USA) 

44           Okunola, R.A. and Dinne, C.E.( 2016).   Factors Underlying utilization of Legal Aid scheme by awaiting trial inmates in Agodi prisons Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.  The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology; Vol. 14, No. June 2016 (Nigeria)

45           Okunola, R.A.and Ikuomola  (2016). Unobtrusive Methods in Social Research. In  A.S. Jegede, U.C. Isiugho Abanihe and R.A. Okunola (Eds) Contemporary Issues in

Social Research. (Nigeria)  (70%)

46           Ikuomola, A.D. and Okunola, R.A. (2016).  Urban Space and the Proliferation of Illegal and standard Crèche Facilities in Nigeria.  Studial Sociologica Vol. IX Accepted for June 2016. (USA). (60%) 

47        Agbaje, A.A.B., Okunola, R.A. and Alarape, A.I. (2003). Perspectives on Positive Leadership in Nigeria: Report of a national Survey; Ibadan: Macmillan Publishers. 28pp. ISBN: 978018354 X (Nigeria)(30%)

48        Okunola,R.A. and Eteng, J (2009). Strengthening Citizens Capacity for Prevention, Treatment and Management of Priority Heath Conditions through effective Public Health Communication. Report of a qualitative Baseline Survey of Kano State, Nigeria. Federal Government of Nigeria/Department for International Development (DFID). 37pp

Major Conferences Attended with Papers Read (In the last 5 years)

  1. University of South Florida; The Citizenship Initiative Programme Workshop (A socio-cultural Study) - November 13-15, 2012

                Paper Read: Conflict and Non-State Armed groups in Nigeria

  1. Nigeria Anthropological and Sociological Association (NASA) Annual Conference, Lagos State University (LASU), Nov. 3-5, 2014

Paper Read: Politics of Policing in Nigeria: A study of the Nigerian Police Force in Ibadan

  1. Nigeria Anthropological and Sociological Association (NASA) Annual Conference, University of Lagos, Nov. 3-5, 2015

Paper Read: Spousal Communication and Domestic Violence among Police Officers and their spouses in Ibadan