Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Nigeria’s foreign reserves have fallen by $1.26bn from $41.76bn on October 2 to $40.5bn as of the end of October 30. This is according to figures released by the Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday. The reserves dropped by $482.18m from N45.14bn as of July 8 to $44.65bn as of August 8, 2019. The bank disclosed in its economic report for the third quarter of 2019 that the gross external reserves fell in the period under review.

2. Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Thursday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that he was ready to face trial if his safety would be guaranteed by the court. Kanu told the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako, through his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor. Ejiofor said the application to restore the IPOB leader’s bail so that he could face his trial was filed on April 1.

3. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its proposed strike over the Federal Government’s directive to enroll its members into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS). ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi noted on Thursday that the union had decided to maintain the status quo, pending further meetings.

4. Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has dragged the Nigerian Army, it's Chief of Army Staff and the Attorney-General of the Federation before the Federal High Court in Lagos over the planned Operation Positive Identification by the military. In the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1939/2019, Falana said the planned nationwide operation was unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and a violation of the right of citizens. He also filed an order seeking an interim injunction restraining the three defendants from going on with the plan pending the hearing of the substantive suit.

5. A pastor, Joseph Ojo, has been arrested for allegedly using his church, the Blessing of Goodness Healing Church, Ijegun area of Lagos, as a detention center for mentally challenged persons and persons suffering from various ailments and social vices. The report claims Ojo was arrested following the rescue of 15 sick persons, who were chained inside a building within his church premises.

6. The Senate has ordered the former governor of Ekiti State and Minister of Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo to appear before it over alleged N15 billion allocated to a private company in the budget of the ministry. Also, to appear before it is the Acting Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority ( NEPZA), Terhembe Nongo.

7. The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has urged the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to join hands with the ruling party in moving the nation forward. The APC national leader said this in a statement he personally signed following the Supreme Court’s affirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. Tinubu commended PDP and Atiku for their tenacious pursuit of what was their legal remedies.

8. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, accepted an invitation from the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for the establishment of Nigeria-Saudi Council aimed at promoting investments and enhancing relations between both countries. The decision was the highpoint of a bilateral meeting between the Nigerian leader and the Crown Prince which took place on the sidelines of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference. This was contained in a statement by Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesman, on Thursday.

9. ISIS has confirmed that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed during a U.S. special forces raid in Syria last weekend. In an audio statement on Thursday, the terror group named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as its new leader. The jihadists also confirmed the death of their former spokesman, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir in a separate operation but warned the United States not to celebrate yet.

10. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said it would by the first quarter of 2020 take courageous decisions on the creation of additional polling units. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr. Festus Okoye, announced this at a dialogue session organized by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room), in Abuja. The session was held with INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) ahead of Bayelsa and Kogi states governorship elections.