Francis Agwi

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Brigadier General Francis Agwi in June 2011

Brigadier General Francis Wanji Agwi, CSM, CBE, DSM (born ?) is a Papua New Guinean Army officer who served as the 9th Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.[1][2]

On 26 January 2012, Brigadier General Agwi was briefly captured and held prisoner during the failed 2012 Defence Force mutiny at the Taurama army barracks.[1] However, Agwi was soon freed and the leader of the mutiny, retired Colonel Yaura Sasa, was arrested two days later.[1] Sasa and approximately 20 soldiers had staged the uprising to demand the reinstatement of former Prime Minister Michael Somare.[1]

Agwi's term as commander of the PNGDF ended in December 2013, and he was replaced by Colonel Gilbert Toropo.[3] In January 2014 Agwi was appointed PNG's High Commissioner to New Zealand.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Papua New Guinea mutiny leader Yaura Sasa arrested". BBC News. 2012-01-29. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  2. ^ "AGWI, the commander of men". Sunday Chronicle (Papua New Guinea). 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  3. ^ "PNG appoints Toropo as new Defence Force Commander". Radio New Zealand. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Toropo heads defence force". The National. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Peter Ilau
Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force
Succeeded by
Gilbert Toropo