United States (US) President, Barrack Obama, has demanded from the Nigerian government, a safe return of the two American sailors who were reportedly kidnapped by some sea pirates in Bayelsa State on Thursday.
Speaking yesterday during the daily press briefing at the White House, the American president said the news was shocking to the American government but noted that all the U.S. wanted was the safety of her citizens who were abducted off the coast of Brass in Bayelsa State.
Obama, who spoke through Ms. Marie Harf, deputy spokesperson of the Department of States, stated that the US was closely monitoring reports concerning the abduction of the two U.S. citizens, stressing that America was also seeking additional information about the incident so that it may contribute to safely resolving the situation.
His words: "Obviously, our concern at this point is for the safe return of the two U.S. citizens. Chief of Mission Security at our Mission in Nigeria are investigating the kidnapping report. We do believe that this was an act of piracy. Again, we are continuing to seek additional information, and for privacy reasons can't provide any additional information about the two U.S. citizens.
"At this point, we're still looking into it. Obviously, our concern is their safe return. We are concerned by this increase. We've worked, and will continue to work with states on the Gulf of Guinea to help them respond effectively to maritime crime in these waters."