Mrs Jonathan was received by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, wife of the state Deputy Governor, Mrs Nelly Utuama, PDP women leader, and several top government functionaries.
The First Lady was later driven in a convoy from Osubi Airstrip to Water Resource area of Warri/Sapele where she officially inaugurated Tamatara Health and Beauty Shop, located at 86, Warri/Sapele Road, Warri.
The salon is said to be owned by the wife of former Police Minister, Mr Broderick Bozimo, Joyce.
Signs that a ‘Very Important Person’ was in the city were clear as early as 6.30am when Airport Junction, through the very busy Enerhen junction were blocked to artisans and bankers who were on their way to their shops and offices.
Also, the Effurun roundabout, through Sapele road, P.T.I junction to the Osubi airstrip end and Jakpa Junction, were completely blocked by overzealous security personnel and road safety officers.
The residents of the area were caught unawares as there was no prior announcement until the early Monday morning rush had begun.
An announcement from the office of the Secretary to the State Government in the morning through the state-owned Delta Broadcasting Service urged the security agencies to enforce the restriction order.
Motorists, who were caught in the chaotic traffic situation, parked their cars and took motorcycles, known in popular parlance as Okada to their offices.
There was visible outrage on the streets as residents condemned the suffering they had to go through due to the presence of the “first lady’’, in the oil-rich city.
Residents, who were stuck in the gridlock for hours described the incident as the “height of insensitivity’’.