Armed forces troops have been deployed throughout much of the city of Rio de Janeiro and surrounding areas as part of a plan to combat organized crime in Brazil’s second largest city.
Army troops carrying rifles and armoured vehicles were seen along bike paths and roadways around the city on Saturday after first being deployed on Friday. The air force and navy are also participating in the operation.
Brazilian President Michel Temer said the operation was aimed at “preserving public order” as the security situation in Rio continues to worsen.
Defence Minister Raul Jugmann warned dramatic results would not come easy and would not be seen from one day to the next.
The plan calls for the deployment of more than 10,000 troops and the government expects the armed forces to remain until at least the end of 2018.
The House of Representatives has resolved to contribute the sum of 50,000 Naira each, to the Team Nigeria delegation at the Rio 2016 Paralympics as a token of their appreciation for an outstanding performance.
The resolution followed a motion sponsored on Wednesday by member of the lower chamber from Osun State, Representative Ayo Omidiran, at the National Assembly in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Representative Omidiran said the resolve followed the team’s emergence as the best from Africa at the Paralympic Games.
To also commend them, the House has invited the team to its chamber, as a mark of honour in celebration of their performance.
The Paralympic Committee of Nigeria has named 23 athletes and six coaches that would represent Team Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Paralympic games from September 7-18 in Brazil.
Nigeria will compete in only three sports where the Paralympic body says it has comparative advantage at the games.
These include athletics, power-lifting and table-tennis.
Six athletes made up of five females and one male would compete in athletic events while 14 athletes are to take part in power-lifting events.
Only three athletes will be representing the country in the Table Tennis games.
Some of the selected athletes are: Eucharia Iyiazi, Hannah Babalola, Lovina Onyegbule, Flora Ugwunwa, Lauritta Onye, and the only male athlete, Friday Aigbanbe, while Patrick Aieto and Adekunle Adesoji will be the coaches.
There are hopes that Team Nigeria will perform well as it did in the London 2012 games, where the team won won six gold, five silver and two bronze medals.
Ex-Nigerian footballer, Abiodun Obafemi, has blamed the Nigerian coaching staff for the semifinal loss against Germany on Wednesday.
The defender said a wrong tactical approach was used in the match which was played at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“Well, I think we played against a formidable and better team,” Obafemi told Goal.
“The cohesion and the urgency was not there, until later in the second half. I was expecting the whole team, particularly the officials of the team to have studied the previous games of the German team.
“I watched the Germans with the team they played in the quarterfinal and expected the coaching crew would have studied them well and planned a better tactical approach.
“I believe we didn’t do our homework. I was expecting us to close-mark them but we allowed them to play freely and dictate the pace of the game.
“We made it too easy for them. I expected we should have won the game. I’m not really happy with the outcome because the approach was not right.
“I was expecting a do-or-die spirit from the boys. Yes there were couple of players who stepped up their game, but I did not see them show great desire and seriousness to win the game.
Rio de Janeiro has declared a state of financial emergency and requested federal funds to help fulfil obligations for public services during the Olympics that start August 5.
Rio is expecting about 500,000 foreign visitors during the Olympics, which has coincided with Brazil’s worst recession since the 1930s and a political crisis that last month led to the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff.
Rio expects a budget deficit of over $5.56 billion this year as spending planned before oil prices fell outstrips revenue that is tumbling during Brazil’s recession.
Rio state’s debt has been downgraded several times.
“The state’s financial emergency in no way delays the delivery of Olympic projects and the promises assumed by the city of Rio,” Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Twitter.
He also underscored that legacy construction projects, with the exception of an 8.79 billion-real expansion of Rio’s metro that is expected to be finished just days before the Games open, are the responsibility of the city and that most have been completed.
The local organizing committee for the Games said that the state’s fiscal situation did not impact its actual running of the Olympics, which relies entirely on private funds.
While the majority of Olympic infrastructure costs have been spread across city, state and federal budgets, with some financing from private companies, the state is responsible for most day-to-day security and health services in Rio.
The financial pinch resulted in a 30-percent cut in the state’s security budget – just as Rio has seen a jump in homicides and assaults in recent months, raising concerns about safety ahead of the Olympics.
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